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Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund
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Jan 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended for: anyone interested in the civil rights movement

This book is extremely personal and intimately portrays the people of Birmingham during the Civil Rights movement. It was a fast read for me - I couldn't put it down. It was also very emotional and made me both cry and laugh out loud... I strongly recommend this book but wouldn't recommend reading it on the bus or a vacation!

I have to agree with other reviewers that with so many characters and (and thus perspectives shared), it was sometimes hard to follow. But if you persevere you will grow to appreciate that every character is needed in order to accurately describe the times. I particularly admire the author for making the characters (some real, some fictitious) so multi-dimensional and helping us understand what drives each of them - from black preacher and community leader Fred Shuttlesworth to a redneck Klansman and his wife.

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