Two women fall dangerously in love and turn an Alabama town upside down in 1958. This novel definitely kept me in suspense. The characters are full of personality, and the book accurately portrays 1950’s southern American culture. Be prepared for the good, the bad, and the absolute worst. Some parts might be triggering.
I’m not surprised at how vicious and hateful white racists were in those days. What did surprise me was the level of openness others had toward gays and lesbians. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today as a culture. Vicky and Claire do a fantastic job of depicting just how horrifying situations had to become before peace and freedom could flourish. The novel’s settings change frequently, and as things become more ominous, hope for understanding and unity is still alive in the story.
Surprisingly, I found myself getting emotionally involved with the main characters as their drama unfolded. Theirs is the kind of love story that clued me into my own orientation. I’m an asexual lesbian.
This was the first fiction book I’ve read in several years. In the past, I ignored fiction with the assumption that non-fiction was generally more interesting to me. Now that I’ve read this debut novel, I have put more fiction books in my Kindle to-be-read pile.