The year is 1962, and the racial division is in full force. Well-to-do white families hire coloured maids to care for their children & their home and black people are beaten senselessly for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. So brilliantly and eloquently told, this novel is narrated by 3 characters in Jackson, Mississippi who decided that it was time to make a change despite the people all around them.
I absolutely loved this book. I had heard great things about it, but for one reason or another, never got around to reading it until now – and I couldn’t put it down! The characters are all individually captivating, and their stories completely consumed me. I’m sad when they’re sad, I’m ecstatic when they’re happy. There is even one moment in the book where I laughed out loud, and then cheered for them. (For those that have read the book: pie.) There is such a great sense of attempting to achieve something in the unlikeliest of circumstances that makes me brim with pride for them.
I also heard it was becoming a movie, and actually didn’t realize it was coming out so soon in August! If you’re interested, the trailer can be seen here. (However, it does give away more of what happens in the book than I have mentioned here – in case you don’t like spoilers) Watching parts of that trailer made me almost tear up with overwhelming feelings of joy!
Honestly, if you haven’t read this yet – what are you waiting for? It’s a fantastic book. I already had high expectations of it from friends & other reviews I’ve seen, but it did not disappoint whatsoever!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5 stars)