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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.Read more ›
When Kathy arrives at San Pedro and rents a room in Pacific Avenue, she is at the bottom of a deep hole. A series of terrible events have affected her life and she is trying to find the strength to move forward and forge a new future. This is where she meets Lacey, a middle-aged woman that is going through a crisis herself, after her daughter left for college and "does not need her anymore". Kathy is the perfect pet project for Lacey, who does not need long to see that the youngster carries a heavy burden and is in desperate need of help. Thus, starts this novel, which alternates the narration in first person between these two complex and mesmerizing characters. The story also goes back and forth in time, between past and present, and as we learn more about Kathy's misfortune, we get drawn deeper and deeper into this wonderful novel.
There are several interesting topics intertwined in this story, such as interracial marriages, the effects of war, and infant death. The author treats these topics seriously and delves deep into how they affect the characters of her story.
I do not feel I exaggerate when I say that this is one of the best books I have read in the last few years. I am looking forward to discovering more works by this great author.
With this inauspicious beginning, the couple continued dating and engaged in a physical love affair that led to Kathy's pregnancy, outside of marriage. She looked forward to having his child but had serious reservations about her relationship with Richard after he suggested she could have an abortion, that he would understand ... While her father accepted Richard, her mother was obviously tight-lipped and disapproving. Richard had long ago cut off relations with his family. Essentially he felt his father disowned him when he joined the Army and was sent to Viet Nam. He did not do what his father had urged, finish college and become a commissioned officer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book it was a very enjoyable read and l would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story with a difference.Published on 30 April 2014 by chatty
Had a very nice time reading it. the way it is written is very interesting and you do not want to put it down.
Loved it !!
This is one of those books that you just cannot put down
Early mornings and late nights
Read it and enjoy
I certainly did.
Struggled to get into this initially, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the ebb and flow it created, others may romp straight into this, for me it as a slow burner but it did... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Jenny Ball
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Read over two evenings. Couldn't put it down. So insightful and such a poignant story. Really made me think.Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by tc
Fantastic read. Really enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. Well worth a read. Worth getting. I was lost in the story. CPublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by Jen
A brilliant read. Would definitely recommend! Handles some really tough issues and I got quite emotional reading it..really did feel for Kathy and Richard the whole way through.Published on 7 Feb. 2014 by ChloeD
Took me a while to get into this book, not the books fault it needs to be read with no interruption, enjoyable story.... would recommend it to others.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by D O'N
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