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In the idyllic town of Lake Esther, Florida, little is allowed to ripple the surface calm—which is just the way Sheriff Kyle Deluth likes it. But when Deluth "removes" two young children from the local school because of the color of their skin, the sheriff's senseless act of cruelty sparks a fire under the women of Lake Esther that will scorch the lives of all involved. In ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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rhonda  granquist
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Liked a lot. Some language , the N word mostly , which made it hard to read. This place in the early 60's in a small town in Florida. The Dare family, franklin , the dad and his two
Children Daniel around 10 and dans younger sister , Becca, a first grader are enrolled in the ALL white elementary school
The sheriff , who thinks he's very important, escourts the two
Children out of school
Claiming they have negro blood in them.their great grandfather was Croatan this gets pretty tense. Good book
Barbara M
This story is about Central Florida during the 1950s when schools were still segregated. It is not an easy book to read in that it is not (thank God) the same world. In this case, there are two children that the extremely bigoted County sheriff has deemed to be "too tan". He pulls them out of school - the white school. They are decended from Irish and Croatan (Indian) roots. The sheriff claims they have negro blood at an unacceptable level. The first several pages are the most painful but then y ...more
Joan
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read in a long time. In light of the current increase in racial tensions, this book is a stark reminder of how far we have come in the last 60 years, even if we still have far to go. I thought this book was as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, and better than The Help. I cannot understand why it is not better known, and I wish it would be read by more people. Aside from the message, the writing itself is a joy. I loved some of the characters, and hated others, but all b ...more
Judy
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed her first book and this one wasn't a disapointment either. It was interesting that comparisons were made in this book about Miz Betty being like Isabelle Amberson in the Magnificient Ambersons that I just finished reading.
I liked the authors use of a bee's eye view at the beginning and end and a key points in the book. Minor characters, the the bees were also important to the story itself.
Heather
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-lit, 2010
Surprisingly engaging story about prejudice and a family having to prove themselves in the 1960's South. The author spings the tale from several different points of view and young narrator (Danial Dare) is the most captivating and heart-wrenching of them all. A well-written page turner. Would highly recommend.
Kimberly Robinson
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok


This book really didn't capture my attention too much. I kept waiting for the plot to thicken, or for something to happen to where I couldn't put it down.
Laura
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-the-past
I liked this book.
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"Deeply moving and peopled with a rich cast of characters, Susan Carol McCarthy mines the hotbed of racism with insight and compassion."
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