“A powerful debut from a new literary talent, this novel tells the story of a Jewish family confronting the tumult of the 1960s—and the secrets that bind its members together
Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American girl who first stole his teenage heart; or between standing up for his beliefs and acquiescing to his prominent Jewish family’s imperative to not stand out in the segregated South, Jackson learns to balance the secrets and deceptions of those around him. But one fateful night in 1960 will make the man in the middle reconsider his obligations to propriety and family, and will start a chain of events that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.
Home in the Morning follows Jackson’s journey from his childhood as a coddled son of the Old South to his struggle as a young man eager to find his place in the civil rights movement while protecting his family. Flashing back between Jackson’s adult life as a successful lawyer and his youth, Mary Glickman’s riveting novel traces the ways that race and prejudice, family and love intertwine to shape our lives.”
I think this book was…interesting. For me, reading this book was stepping way out of my comfort zone (I am more of a chick-lit, fun, light, scandalicious (yes, that is my word) type of book reader. Occasionally, I pick up a “heavy” book full of deep thought and insight.
It took me forever and a day to get through this book. I am a heavy book reader. Although I can only read during my commute I read around 50 pages at a time so I get through them pretty quickly.
This book took me 2.5 weeks to complete.
The writing was good enough, it was the story that I found hard to get into. I was confused a lot of the time. I found myself often drifting off then turning back the pages to figure out what happened…the story didn’t keep me engaged. The plot line was good but it took me a long time to figure out where the story was going.
There were some parts that got my heart racing but those were very few and far in between.
Even though our book club meeting is coming up soon, a few of the ladies felt the same way. It was a long drawn out read, and they did not know what was happening most of the time. There were a lot of time changes as well. The story would jump 30 years in the blink of an eye.
Did I mention no quotation marks? That alone made me crazy!
One positive about this story is the way the author showed the struggle of the Jewish population down south. I had never known before that they were discriminated against as well—almost as bad as African Americans. It was a real eye opener for me to read about the struggle the Jews had in the 1960s.
I suppose when I read this book I was looking for something else based on the description, but it just didn’t live up to all of the hype to me.
How about you, have you read anything good lately?