Inventory: of possessions and through the possessions of our memories, our life. Inventories are lists of “what matters.”
Judith Kratt’s life is defined by the fact she is “Daddy Kratt’s” daughter. The eldest of the Kratt children, she has a love-hate relationship with her siblings, brother Quincy, a snoop who makes it his business to know everyone’s dirty secrets; and sister Rosemarie, her “wayward younger sister” who fled their town of Bound “that fateful evening in 1929.” Olva, companion to Judith rounds out the cast of this character-driven story.
As with many Southern stories, Last List deals with family secrets, race issues, and interpersonal relationships. The plot unravels bit by bit through flashbacks until the reader has the whole truth. Filled with subplots and the metaphor of an inventory list of the family’s possessions, the novel is a darned good read.