Review: COTTON SONG by Tom Bailey


by Kim McLarin for Washington Post Book World (Dec. 2 , 2006)

“The smart writer looking for a novel idea could do worse than a good old-fashioned Black Angel tale. Whether in novels ( The Stand, The Secret Life of Bees) or films ( Ghost, The Legend of Bagger Vance), such stories are ever-popular: A white hero or heroine in physical, emotional and/or spiritual trouble is taught important lessons about life and love by a black character who exists solely to do so. Bonus points if the black savior possesses not just supernatural wisdom but actual magical powers ( The Green Mile). Double bonus points if the person saved is a child ( Bees, Clara’s Heart).”

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