Review: MY SWEET VIDALIA by Deborah Mantell
A poetic, lyrical, literary novel of the South prior to the Civil Rights Era, MY SWEET VIDALIA will surely be richly embraced by readers of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, as well as aficionados of oral history. Amazingly, the novel is first-person narrative, told by the stillborn daughter of Vidalia. As the newborn never breathed, she retained omniscience. She relates the story of a girl with a mind [reminiscent of the slogan "A mind is a terrible thing to waste"] who was tricked, impregnated, married to a player/domestic abuser who was, as is said in the South, "as sorry as the day is long."