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Reviewed: Dec 31, 2011
WIMBY’S CORNER opens in Bardwell, Kentucky where we meet Wayne Hunter, an unassuming giant of a man who is not much to look at, but has a big heart. Wayne feels stifled in Bardwell, yet his opportunity to get out by joining the army is thwarted by his inability to read and write. After that embarrassing incident, he obtains a job where he learns to read and write. His gentle nature mask a deeply raging temper that is seldom seen, but when placed in a situation where he is disrespected in front of his girlfriend, this side of him is revealed and Wayne knows then that it was time to move on.
As most blacks did in the 40s and 50s, Wayne moves to Chicago, where he obtains a job at a bakery until he is scouted out by a pimp to work as a bodyguard and to assist in keeping the prostitutes in line. Wayne enjoys his new job, newfound wealth and the attention of the women. What he is not prepared for is the betrayal by his boss. Once again, an out of control temperament drives him to the point of no return and Wayne finds himself seeking a place to lay low. This time he is led to Wimby’s Corner where everyone knows the other’s secrets and sins, but it is an unspoken rule that the community sticks together. When Wayne’s emotions overload once again, will the residents of Wimby’s Corner be so forgiving of this newcomer?
When I cracked WIMBY’S CORNER opened for the first time, I was immediately pulled into the tale of Wayne Hunter. A third of the way into the book, my reading experience was hampered a bit because of a shift in the story in order to provide the background of the residents of Wimby’s Corner – a lot of which did not add value to the story. Also, there was a very substantial subplot which involves a different main character, Tommy Brown, was added midway in the book. I would have preferred that both Wayne’s and Tommy’s stories were told in parallel instead using alternating scenes or chapters and then brought together in the climatic ending. I did enjoy WIMBY’S CORNER despite the flaw in the execution of the novel.
Reviewed by Paula Henderson
of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
Paula Allen is an IT Quality Assurance Manager with a book addiction. She is the mother of three children and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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