Home in the
Morning By Mary Glickman Courtesy of Open Road Media
the Morning takes place in the turbulant years of the 1950's and 60's, in
Guilford, Mississippi. The Sassaport's, are a well to do Jewish southern family
living in Mississippi. Jackson, is the eldest son, and is overly protected
by his mother, a genteel southern lady.
Living in the south during the
1960's was horrible enough, but in this story the divide of
White, Black, Christian or Jewish was worse. There were hazing, beatings, civil
rights movement, and anything to cause the divide of White and Black. He
becomes friends with a Afro-American boy, named Lil Bo'key.
In the house
is Katherine Marie, a Afro American housekeeper. They become close friends. He's
friend Lil Bo'key and Katherine Marie become boyfriend and girlfriend.
Jackson, a reform Jew eventually does leave Mississippi, to go to
college at Yale University. He meets Stella Godwin a Orthodox Jew. They eventual
marry and move back to the south. Where he rebuilds his friendships with
Jackson, has a younger brother that is coddled by his
mother. He is troubled, lazy, and is often in trouble for one thing or another.
But, he's mother always seems to help him out of the trouble he gets out of by
paying someone off.
My Review: I read this novel, because the author is from Charleston,
SC. Not too far from my house.
I picked up the novel, Home in the Morning because
I liked the synopsis of the Jewish Southern experience during the 1960's. Has to
be a great read, right. Sorry to say it was a let
it took me about 100 pages in to finally connect with the characters, and
finally understand what was going on.
Finally after the 100 pages, I was captivated by
the story. I kept wanting to flip the pages, it was getting intense. But, by the
end of the book, what a let down. I am not going to tell you, just in case you
may want to give it a try. I did not like the ending it ended
think the author had a good story, but it just did not go anywhere. I really
enjoyed one part of the story when the cousin, Lil Mo and Jackson ganged up and
threatened his brother. I wish the author had done more about this part of the
book. Also if she wrote about the Jewish Southern experience during the 60's,
and Jewish-black divide. This would have enriched the novel, she did snipets
but nothing more.
I really wanted to like this book, because of the
reasons stated above. I really cared though for the characters except for
Jackson's brother. There are many other readers that did enjoy reading this. I
would still give it three stars.
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