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From the master of Southern Gothic, Carson McCullers'' coming-of-age story like no other about a young girl''s fascination with her brother''s wedding.

Twelve-year-old Frankie is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brother’s wedding. Bolstered by lively conversations with her family maid, Berenice, and her six-year-old cousin — not to mention her own unbridled imagination — Frankie takes on an overly active role in the wedding, hoping even to go, uninvited, on the honeymoon, so deep is her desire to be the member of something larger, more accepting than herself.

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Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Clock Without Hands. Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

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Cathryn Conroy
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What a Literary Treat This Is! Charming, Insightful, and a Delight to Read
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2019
By turns absolutely charming and incredibly insightful, this classic Southern novel by Carson McCullers is a coming-of-age story like no other I have read. If human beings were to shed their skin during significant psychic/emotional development, then that is... See more
By turns absolutely charming and incredibly insightful, this classic Southern novel by Carson McCullers is a coming-of-age story like no other I have read.

If human beings were to shed their skin during significant psychic/emotional development, then that is exactly what would have happened to 12-year-old Frankie Addams during a hot August weekend in 1944 in a small town in the deep South. Frankie''s much-older brother, who is serving in Alaska during World War II, comes home on a Friday and announces he will be married on Sunday in a town named Winter Hill, 100 miles away. Frankie, who has wiled away the boring and languid sultry summer days with her caregiver/housekeeper Berenice and her 6-year-old cousin John Henry is suddenly energized by the idea of the wedding…and her imagination soars.

Despite the title, this isn''t a romantic take on an old-fashioned Southern wedding. The wedding, which is only barely part of the story, is the foil to Frankie''s daydreaming, creativity, and imaginings that go far beyond a tossed bouquet and a spiked punchbowl. And while the story harkens back to a more innocent time, the trials and tribulations of Frankie as she desperately seeks to belong and to feel included are universal.

Best of all, the writing is not only exquisite, but also authentic. You will feel the sweaty heat, smell the hopping-john on the stovetop, and hear the radio droning in the background while the blue flies buzz. This book is a treat!
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fra7299
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Thoughtful, reflective coming of age novel
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2021
“But a part of her was with them, and she could feel this part of her own self going away, and farther away; farther and farther, so that a drawn-out sickness came in her, going away and farther away, so that the kitchen Frankie was an old hull left there at the... See more
“But a part of her was with them, and she could feel this part of her own self going away, and farther away; farther and farther, so that a drawn-out sickness came in her, going away and farther away, so that the kitchen Frankie was an old hull left there at the table.”

I think we can all identify with being young, wanting adventure, and being part of something big and momentous. In Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding, twelve-year-old Frankie longs for something outside of her current life situation. As her brother will married soon, and onto his honeymoon, this perhaps opens the window to Frankie’s hopes…

Among other themes and morals, perhaps the most prevalent is Frankie’s pursuit of finding her place and her identity. In many respects, she is at a crossroads in her young life, caught between youth and adolescence, between life at home and the world outside. The novel zeroes in on Frankie’s inner turmoil and exploration of these two boundaries.

One of the aspects McCullers handles so well in her novels is exploring the human condition in a uniquely original way, and this is exemplified to a tee in The Member of the Wedding. McCullers takes the reader along with Frankie and we also get to contemplate the struggles of acceptance, understanding one’s self, and finding one’s place. It’s easy to see how this story would work well in a drama format and be converted to a play.

In short, The Member of the Wedding is a very contemplative and reflective novel, a coming-of-age story that we can all readily identify with in some manner. It is a very quick and concise read that flies by, and one of those novels that will have you thinking long after you read the final page.
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maureen melle
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Well Written. A word picture.
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016
This is a beautifully written book. In it the author paints pictures with words. It is a sad story set in the American South during the War. It is a coming of age tale, one that also deals with incredible loneliness, war, racial issues, attempted rape, boredom and anxiety... See more
This is a beautifully written book. In it the author paints pictures with words. It is a sad story set in the American South during the War. It is a coming of age tale, one that also deals with incredible loneliness, war, racial issues, attempted rape, boredom and anxiety among other things. As I''ve said I found the descriptive passages to be gorgeous. My only problem with the book was that as an urban New Yorker I found the rhythm of the dialogue a bit difficult to get into, but as I read it, I became used to it. Now I find myself thinking in this manner. I recommend this book to most readers, especially those who enjoy historical fiction. Although it is written in the voice of a 12 year old, I would not suggest this novel for young readers.
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Jennifer Darrah
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
Good Novel. Carson is a beautiful writer. This is another book that I had to read for class. It was good. I also learned that apparently Alaska has a ton of mosquitos just like the South, lol. Other than that it is about an awkward girl basically finding herself. Carson... See more
Good Novel. Carson is a beautiful writer. This is another book that I had to read for class. It was good. I also learned that apparently Alaska has a ton of mosquitos just like the South, lol. Other than that it is about an awkward girl basically finding herself. Carson McCullers did a lot of her writing in my hometown, which is why I think the professor wanted us to read this book. Again as with most of the books on here, this is not something that I would normally choose for myself to read. I am more of a Chaucer lover myself and a lot of the older works such as Beowulf, and a lot of the satires and such from Pope, Lady Montague, etc. I was able to read through this book though relatively easily, and I do not have any complaints about it being a hard read. I was very well updated throughout by the writer about what was happening so I didn''t get lost anywhere in it. There is a little bit of a tear jerker within the pages, however that is common in a lot of books. Overall, I would read it again if I had more free time. I kept the book so that says a lot
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Kelly
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For my grandmother
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
I bought this for my grandmother because she''s told me stories of reading it in school several years ago and how much she appreciated it. My grandmother emphasizes the understanding of the girl''s perspective. The girl is the younger sister to an older brother... See more
I bought this for my grandmother because she''s told me stories of reading it in school several years ago and how much she appreciated it.

My grandmother emphasizes the understanding of the girl''s perspective. The girl is the younger sister to an older brother that is growing up and moving on. When my grandmother read it the second time, she placed herself in the shoes of the girl and interpreted the story with more meaning. My grandmother read it remembering her own experiences as the younger sister to older brothers and recalls her own jealously for attention. After several years, my grandmother appreciated the opportunity to read this book again.
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CJC
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Stands the test of time...a Classic
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2014
The pure magic that McCullers creates with the written word makes this worth 4 stars right off the get go. She gives us the character of Frankie or F. Jasmine who is so ready to leave 12 years behind and move forward that she is a bundle of nerves and dreams. She doesn''t... See more
The pure magic that McCullers creates with the written word makes this worth 4 stars right off the get go. She gives us the character of Frankie or F. Jasmine who is so ready to leave 12 years behind and move forward that she is a bundle of nerves and dreams. She doesn''t feel like she fits in her skin any more and is so anxious to shed it and find out who she is suppose to be. That terrible angst of adolescence, the feeling that you are suppose to be doing something else, while not quite sure you want to leave what is safe but knowing for certain that there is more for you in life. This is a true tale of one''s coming of age. Standing right on the edge, knowing that once you step over you are never quite so carefree and innocent....but you so want to step into the grown up side. A time of excitement, fear and woe all mixed together.

Frankie is determined to travel the world with her brother and his soon to be bride. She is ready to leave all that she knows behind and seek adventure. She feels stifled in a small town where she doesn''t fit in, isn''t a member of the club and her best friends are the very wise, black housekeeper Berneice and her 6 year old cousin John Henry. She laments her fate day after day as she awaits the big wedding day, but the closer it gets the more she seems to reminisce and feels a little sad about moving on. Her dreams are big but so far her world is small even though it is safe.

McCullers took me into that old southern house, right up to the kitchen table eating Hoppin John, playing bridge with sticky stained cards while the flies buzzed in the thick and humid air. I could feel Frankie just bubbling over to tell anyone who would listen that she was going to leave this little town behind. I could hear the regret in Berneice''s voice as she told her stories, I could feel John Henry''s childish wonder at everything around him.

The changes coming to the South ran parallel to Frankies growing up. The world was at war, Civil Rights were just around the corner and the country would never be the same again. You could feel the changes that were coming, they just hung heavy in the air....for Frankie and the South that she knew so well. Such a simple story, taking place over only a few days, but so well crafted the impression it leaves will last through time.
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Mary C
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Not as good as expected
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2017
This is a story of 12 year old Frances who lives in the south during WW11, She becomes infatuated with the idea of her older brothers wedding and much angst ensues. Her widowed father is a shadowy figure and the non nonsense black maid Bernice, tries to comfort and advise... See more
This is a story of 12 year old Frances who lives in the south during WW11, She becomes infatuated with the idea of her older brothers wedding and much angst ensues. Her widowed father is a shadowy figure and the non nonsense black maid Bernice, tries to comfort and advise the girl. The story drags in the middle as Frances'' longings and Bernice''s many marriages are recounted over and over. Yet it is still a solid story with much pathos.
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Loursat
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I''ve Bought This Book at Least a Half Dozen Times
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
Keep buying it, because I keep giving it away to people, especially young people. Wonderful coming of age novel with a great setting, solid characters and most unusual, the mind set of young girl puzzling her way through life. McCullers, for all her acclaim, remains an... See more
Keep buying it, because I keep giving it away to people, especially young people. Wonderful coming of age novel with a great setting, solid characters and most unusual, the mind set of young girl puzzling her way through life. McCullers, for all her acclaim, remains an under appreciated writer. Best novel of its type I''ve ever read.
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S. B. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Short and crisp
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2014
Set in the last months of WW2, this is a bleak view of life from the point of view of a 12-year-old girl whose mother died giving birth to her. What a burden to carry! She lives in the Deep South with her father, the black housekeeper and her young cousin Henry, feeling...See more
Set in the last months of WW2, this is a bleak view of life from the point of view of a 12-year-old girl whose mother died giving birth to her. What a burden to carry! She lives in the Deep South with her father, the black housekeeper and her young cousin Henry, feeling alienated from everyone and everything. When her older brother announces his wedding, she begins to obsess about the event, somehow imagining that she can create a new life as a third wheel with the happy couple. Taking place over a couple of days, this very short novel doesn''t feel short at all because the prose is so dense, the telling so relentless.
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Amazon CustomerJim Sproull
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Not one of the author’s best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2018
I have struggled to reach page 75 and although this book is no doubt well written it is SO boring and judging by other reviews I feel well justified in leaving it at that which is a pity because The Ballad of The Sad Café and The Heart Is A lonely Hunter are both quite...See more
I have struggled to reach page 75 and although this book is no doubt well written it is SO boring and judging by other reviews I feel well justified in leaving it at that which is a pity because The Ballad of The Sad Café and The Heart Is A lonely Hunter are both quite readable
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Tom Thorpe
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A Slight Tale Told With Mastery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2016
A simple story about an adolescent girl trying to find her place in the world. It beautifully captures the awkwardness of a teenager, her hopes, fears and dreams. However, don''t let the simplicity fool you. This is a perfectly crafted tale that''s contains real depth beneath...See more
A simple story about an adolescent girl trying to find her place in the world. It beautifully captures the awkwardness of a teenager, her hopes, fears and dreams. However, don''t let the simplicity fool you. This is a perfectly crafted tale that''s contains real depth beneath its surface. It compares favourably with Catcher in the Rye.
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Islander
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Xmas gift
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2020
Bought as a Christmas gift- sure she''ll love it.
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Simone Dewar
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and loved it. although I can''t remember much of it ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2015
I read this book about 40 years ago , and loved it . although I can''t remember much of it I don''t think I''m enjoying as much as I did back then , but I am very delighted I was able to get it for my Kindle as otherwise I wouldn''t be able to read at all as I have Macular...See more
I read this book about 40 years ago , and loved it . although I can''t remember much of it I don''t think I''m enjoying as much as I did back then , but I am very delighted I was able to get it for my Kindle as otherwise I wouldn''t be able to read at all as I have Macular Degeneration and can just make the print larger . What a wonderful device the Kindle is!
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