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Out of the Night That Covers Me

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  13 reviews
John McMillan was only eight years old when his mother died and he was ripped, without warning, from his sheltered world of books and gentility. Now on his aunt's run-down tenant farm in southern Alabama, abused by his alcoholic uncle, and completely bereft, John longs for escape--his only hope for survival. He's about to get his wish in a way no one could ever predict.... ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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Daisy Mathis
Out of the Night That Covers Me by Pat Cunningham Devoto
Very impressive book from a little-known author. Thoughtful young boy growing up in Deep South of the 50's. Captured the feel of small towns, race relations, and Southern culture of that time. Felt like I was back there. Fully developed characters and cultural nuances. It struck me as deeply and as poignantly as To Kill a Mockingbird. Also liked her prequel My Last Days As Roy Rogers.
12-year old John McMillan III navigates smalltown Alabama after losing his parents. Indifferent or dangerous relatives are offset by a wise local “judge” and an array of other fascinating characters. In this book the wise have plenty of flaws too, as the Civil Rights movement gets underway. You’ll enjoy the complex ambience, and the way the characters talk to – and about - each other. I'm becoming a fan of Pat Cunningham Devoto. I'll have to read her other books now.
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I thought this book was so boring when I first start reading it but when I got more in dept with it it start to make more sense and you get how the main character John grows from a boy to a young man. It's a very good read so I advise you to read this book it takes time to get the setting from the Bend and the town John lives in and how they relate but they do so read the book.
Loved this book! The travails of John and the adjustments he had to make to his expectations and reality resonated with me. I still remember my adjustment at the age of 13 when I got sent away from all I knew in Havana, to live at school in Philly...the day the world changed for me.
I read this back in the 90's it was a book my Grandmother had read cover to cover at least 20 times. I love historical time period fictions and this one was so perfectly writen that I felt swept away by the story.
I didn't think this was a particularly memorable book, but easy to read and OK if you've got nothing else to read. About a boy living in the south around the time of the civil rights movement
One of my favorite books. What a powerful story about a young, white boy who befriends an older, black man during the civil rights era. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Noelle Thomas
Really great story. I dont have anything else to say about it. I literally didnt put it down. Not once. Well, only for some cheez-its. am currently re-reading.
Harper Lee meets Rick Bragg. This territory feels familiar but Devoto gives things enough twist to be satisfying despite arbitrary plotting.

I could not put this book down. Devotoalso wrote "My Last Days as Roy Rogers".
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“No matter how much he talked, she never answered him, but he knew she was still there. He knew it was like the soldiers he had read about. They would have an arm or a leg blown off, and for days, even weeks after it happened, they could still feel the arm itching, the leg itching, the mother calling.” 35 likes
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