Gumbeaux by Kimberly Vargas
This is a coming of age story for heiress Mary Veronica Fait. The dazzle that drew me in was the diary format and time period beginning in the 1980's. Mary plays the submissive role of hostess and quiet partner in her family’s business. She’s hardly content and longs to be free from her oppressive and abusive surroundings. She hopes she will be allowed to go away to college, but her uncle squashes that idea. Cunningly Mary sends a letter to an art college located in Louisiana under a fictitious name; she is granted a scholarship and begins her adventure.
I liked this book in the beginning, but by the end I was rather disappointed in the character. She starts off strong and blazing her own trail and then lets others bog her down much like her uncle. It was fun reading the diary entries. It felt like I was a secret intruder peering over the shoulder of someone with a completely different life.
I would recommend this book as a good weekend read. It’s well-written and a bit meaty.