This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia.
When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.
©2008 Jennifer Erin Valent; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan." (Booklist)
Probably in the second 20%. There were a few I really loved and this would be right behind those. Definitely would recommend
The perseverance of the family
this was my first - she was excellent!
Probably Otis - just wasn't as well developed
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
overtly preachy. Reads a bit like "Cold Sassy Tree" or the "Education of Little Tree" and felt more like reading a Newberry teen book rather than an adult novel. There are a couple internal inconsistancies in the book, few rough spots in the dialog and I had to suspend my disbelief a couple of times where the plot and situation felt forced. However, for a first novel this is fantastic. I enjoyed the 1932 Southern setting, coming of age theme and strong family values. Good narration.
It's truthfulness. That's also what I hated about it!
The Help perhaps because of the racial story line.
No, I haven't.
I can't remember her name but the woman who took the two girls into town for lunch. Why, because she is brave.
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