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Right as Rain by Bev Marshall
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Feb 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-lit
Read in March, 2011

This novel is described well by Goodreads and definitely has a strong sense of place. The story reveals how lives were lived by African American families in the deep South during the changing decades of the 1950s and 1960s. While we often hear about horrific acts that occurred then, what was almost more disturbing were the many smaller but constant ways that Caucasians hurt the situation with "ordinary" remarks that perhaps did not seem hurtful to them, but were hurtful to the recipients. There is a strong sense of how blacks had to navigate so very carefully, in their eye contact and body language, job instability, being denied proper education and medical care, and the list goes on. This book leaves an ache in your heart.

Possible read-alike for "The Help" (Stockett) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (Kidd).

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