What the synopsis doesn’t tell you is that Jay is an African-American man who saves a white woman from drowning in the bayou in a very poor, very black neighbourhood, and that she refuses to say anything to him, his wife, or the boat’s driver. It also doesn’t tell you that Jay has a history in the Black Power Movement, and that this history is a very important part of the story, its effect on him (and some of the other characters) a key characteristic that determines how he thinks and behaves. All of this makes for a really interesting story.
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie. Every week (or skipping some, depending on how frequently new books enter my life!), I’ll be posting on Sundays about what books I got, from all sources – bought, borrowed, exchanged, etc. Review copies from HarperCollins: Almost Dead by Assaf Gavron Black Water Rising by Attica Locke Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi