Solemn: A Novel
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Solemn: A Novel


Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father's mistakes with a married woman who lives in their trailer park. After Solemn witnesses a man throw the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed.

As Solemn finds refuge in fantasies of stardom as well as friendships with her brother's wife and a nearby girl, the ill-fated baby's doomed mother disappears without a trace. Solemn remains trapped by connections to the missing other woman and an honest cop who suspects more to the story than others on the small local police force want to see. When her father's next mistake - a robbery - lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. There, Solemn must face the truth of who she really is and what she is really made of.

Title:Solemn: A Novel
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages

    Solemn: A Novel Reviews

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    May 03, 2016

    This book is killing my wonderful book high that I was riding after finishing The Obelisk Gate, so I am going to abandon it for the time being. I'm getting frustrated with the dialogue and 'feel' of t...

  • J Beckett
    Dec 14, 2016

    In a word... AMAZING!!!Kalisha Buckhanon is a talent who reminds us why we love books. ...

  • (Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
    Jul 04, 2016

    At first I was bowled over by the author's gift for words, but as the book went on, I grew more and more dissatisfied and confused by the sketchy plot. I suppose the main character, Solemn, came of ag...

  • Beverlee
    Oct 02, 2016

    Solemn is a story of what-ifs and what could happen. Solemn is the daughter of Bev & Earl, sister of Landon. This is somewhat of a distinction in Bledsoe, MS for it's framed as town ensconced in pover...

  • Lynne
    May 20, 2016

    This is the first time I've rated a book with only 1 star; it's also the first time I've finished a book that I disliked. To give you an idea of how I felt, I was glad when I finally finished the book...

  • Florence Primrose
    Dec 11, 2016

    Solemn Redvine, a young girl, sensed the baby in a nearby trailer may be a half-sibling. But then she sees a man throw the baby down a well. Solemn keeps her screts to herself. Later after her father ...

  • University of Chicago Magazine
    May 18, 2016

    Kalisha Buckhanon, AB’99, AM’07AuthorFrom our pages (Spring/16): "In the final novel in Kalisha Buckhanon’s trilogy on black American life, Solemn Redvine senses that a baby in her rural Mississ...

  • Emily
    Dec 18, 2016

    Decided to abandon this one, which is too bad because it has some really lovely writing in places and I see rave reviews for her other books. But I guess there's a reason this one is much lower rated,...

  • Pat Steinkuehler
    May 16, 2016

    If you like tales from the back hills with language to match then this is for you. Coming of age in a mixed-race, poor society and growing up fast. Done well, but a wasted effort. ...

  • Lydia
    Jul 02, 2016

    I didn't have high expectations with this book. It was SO GOOD THOUGH....