By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:57 AM EDT
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Chalktown

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The premise of a sleepy Southern town whose inhabitants communicate by writing messages on chalkboards hints at lovely gothic strangeness; the characters who visit that town — a young truant boy and his learning-disabled brother — seem picked from delightful, eccentric Southern central casting. But Haynes’ whimsical idea doesn’t hold up for long, despite some graceful turns of phrase. It’s a slippery slope from weird-and-wonderful to cliched-and-annoying, and one that the author — whose first novel, Mother of Pearl, was an Oprah pick — sadly plunges down.

Chalktown

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  • Book
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  • Melinda Haynes

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