Sep 23, 2011
Author: Katharine Russell
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 18, 2010)
Now, I can tell you what the story is about, but first I just want to say that this book is so pleasant to read. A lovely flow of words that blend and stream in a very pleasing way. When writing is this good, I give it a “thumbs up” before I even know what the story is about, because books should be a pleasure to read. This is a big, hearty book so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it.
I liked our little 12 year old protagonist the minute I heard her speak. She’s bright, witty, aware of events around her, speaks her mind… but still maintains the aura of being a 12 year old, not a 30 year old in a young body.
The story has a lot of activity and detail in it. Chock full of issues, heartache and healing. It’s set in the 1960s, in a small Southern town, so there can be no escape from race relations and tension in dealing with the upcoming social change. At the same time, it’s after the Vietnam era and there are the soldiers that have returned scarred – mentally and physically – that are also dealing with change.
Add the murder of a handicapped white boy, the subsequent death of one of the black boys by a white man, a trial which brings many outside forces into their small Southern town and you have the makings of an intense novel that will make you laugh, cry and think…..all at once.
A winner you need to grab a copy of.