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The Hartford Books Examiner - October 15, 2014
"Dollbaby is an absolutely spellbinding debut that is written with
intelligence, warmth, humor + reverie"
The Herald Sun (NC) - July 11, 2014
"When someone asks you for a great book to read, usually you pause
and think about genre and authors and then give a few options. But
every now and then, there's a book you tell everyone to read,
because it is that good. "Dollbaby" by Laura Lane McNeal is that
book. You haven't heard of her before because this is her debut
novel. What a way to start."
Library Journal Starred Review – July 1, 2014
"Since McNeal’s novel is bursting with believable conflict and
loveable characters, it’s hard to believe that it’s a debut. A vivid
portrayal of post-war New Orleans, lush and evocative in its
descriptions, McNeal’s unique voice shines through surprising and
pleasing the reader. Fans of Pat Conroy and Sue Monk Kidd will enjoy
this new Southern talent."
Booklist - July 1, 2014
“Replete with southern tradition and the heady emotions of the civil
rights movement, this first novel is richly if a bit romantically
imagined. It is a touching coming-of-age story that is sincere and
poignant. A lighter version of The Help (2009), with similar charm
and intention, Dollbaby is sure to please.”
Kirkus Review – July 1, 2014
“Rich characterization makes McNeal’s debut a lovely summer read.”
-- Kirkus Review