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Until That Good Day: A Novel
Until That Good Day is a stunning debut novel loosely based on the Marjorie Kemper's family history. Set in Louisiana in the 1930's, the story revolves around John Washington, a successful traveling salesman who "passes" in the white community. John's young daughter Vivien is a lulu of an unreliable narrator with charm to spare. Profoundly moving as well as comical and swe ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 17th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published 2003)
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Jan 31, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any avid reader
Recommended to Barbara by: book review on web
How have I not heard of this book before. I loved it and I challenge anyone to read this book and not fall in love with 5 year old Vivian. She is sweet, sassy, kind, ornery - just a typical little girl, but she is also very, very smart. She reminded me a bit of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird and that is high praise indeed because that has been my favorite book for ages. Vivian's father, John Washington is a black man who passes for white and he really is not a very likeable human being. In ...more
8/14/2003: This book is written by Dearie's friend from Sewanee. It's a good story, well-written, if a bit uneven. It's the story of Vivian, the daughter of John Washington, a black man passing for white in the Deep South. He marries Antoinette, a good Irish girl, who is flighty and hilarious. There is also a parallel story of John's black girlfriend Odessa, and Billy, the little boy they love.
I finished this book yesterday. It was as interesting on the last page as it was on the first page. I enjoyed learning the "secrets" as they were revealed. I could picture the characters as they were described. There were some twists in the plot that were unexpected too.