Friday, December 29, 2017

Review: Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Blurb (from Amazon):

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

My Review:

Missing Isaac is a good debut novel by Valerie Fraser Luesse. The characters are interesting with a wonderful setting. The plot, for the most part, was enjoyable but at times was slow and hard for me to get through. There are a few humor scenes that I liked between Pete and Dovey. They were fun together. Overall, I think Missing Isaac is worth a read and I am wondering what other stories the author will come up with next. I give this one 3 1/2 stars.
I received this book from the publisher. This review was 100 percent my own honest opinion.

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