From October Brown
" I doubt that any of us fully believed every part of the story, but we were so seduced by the idea of it that before the end of the first day of school we buzzed with frenzy - a frenzy contained, because we imagined that a woman surrounded by such lore would have to have a bad temper, a flash fire that could drive her from her desk to yours in a single movement, dislodge you by your measly shoulders, plant you hard on the hardwood floor, tell you in growling underbreaths of wrath to stand up straight and say whatever she wanted you to say, and then crumble you in the mortar of her black eyed stare. Intuition is the guardian of childhood it was keen in us, and we were right. Before we knew what current events were she asked us who Wallis Warfield Simspon was and we sat. Attention shot through our arms and nailed our fist to the center of our desktops. Not a single hand went up."
When I read something as good as Rattlebone is makes me very happy and a little frustrated. Its a great work of fiction but since its by an African American author many readers won't find it. I highly recommand Rattlebone and October Suite, which I've read twice.