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Two people in love. One black and one white,
This review is from: Pacific Avenue (Paperback)
I found this book to be captivating. Pacic Avenye is so raw in it's emotions, it was as if the author was writing her own story. I had to keep reminding myself this was a piece of fiction. It is not a predictable story in any way. Each new page captures you and leads you to the next.
This book has some scarred figures and will take you on an emotional ride. Richard, the young African American student, just back from Viet Nam. He is estranged from his family, and his nights are filled with the horrors he experienxed during the war while he sleeps. Even during the day he is haunted.
Kathy, is a young white college student whom her mother never liked. She never measured up to her mother's standards. Kathy was taught as a child that the color of a persons skin did not matter. She begins a relationship with Richard and invites him to dinner at her parent's house. Her mother did not seem pleased, but her father accepted him. To her mother racism becomes prevalent.
This book shows us the dynamics of a generation that is just beginning to step out of the mold that has plagued both blacks and whites as a couple. It is a story of the love and tragedy that two people share. One black and one white.
They both quit school and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in hopes they can be accepted as a couple. They found the freedom they sought until one tragic night. They part, but not for the reasons anyone who is reading this may think.
Kathy jumps on the first bus leaving. She is running away from her past, and the events that have destroyed her world. She arrives in San Pedro, California not knowing what she will do. She is a young woman who is mourning her loss. Her pain will not go away, and she does not know how to pick up the pieces and begin a new life.
How she does it is her story, the story of Pacific Avenue. The author has sought to entertain you and keep your attention focused of the book. She has done so until the very last page.