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The Promised Land by Valerie Stocking
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Feb 18, 2012

it was amazing
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THE PROMISED LAND is an absolutely absorbing coming-of-age novel set in the mid-60's. The story is basically told from 12 year old Joy Bradford's viewpoint. Her parents have just gotten divorced and Joy and her mother move to Willets Point, Florida. There, Joy finds a town torn apart by racial hatred and violence. Things are stirred when Clytus,a well-educated African American, moves to an all-white neighborhood and wants to open a clothing store in the white section of town. To complicate matters, his son befriends Joy.
This book's themes center around racial tension but also deals with family relationships and how drinking destroys a family. Add to this mixture, a world filled with the rich and powerful and lost dreams. The tension begins on page 1 and grips the reader throughout the book. The readers will love and hate the characters as they become emotionally involved with story's events and the characters' lives.
Superbly written, this is one book I won't forget. It's that good.
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February 18, 2012 – Started Reading
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February 18, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
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