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Saturday, 10 May 2014

A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow

A Life ApartA Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent, excellent!

What a refreshing, deep, evoking, thoughtful, cry out loud, laugh out loud read!

This is good material for making a film, I kid you not! I would buy it.

I'm not a one for historical novels, or events, I don't know why, maybe its my attitude in living for the 'now' that matters although I know its the past that makes you the kind of person you are today.

I've always liked epics like this one. The black and the white, when the black were looked down on as second citizens, I really would have hated to be in that time zone as there is not one ounce of racialism in my body. But it makes you think don't it.

White man saving a black man. How just that one act domino'd this storyline into a great epic of a story.

I can't tell you more as it would spoil it, but I'm busting to tell someone!!!

You need to read this. The cover doesn't do this book justice in MHO

I was granted this to read by Crown Publishing .

From the author of Color Me Butterfly, the poignant story of a decades-long interracial love affair between a white sailor and the sister of the black sailor who saved his life at Pearl Harbor.

When Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream-only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn't know, Morris is determined to seek out the man's family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man's sister, and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north.

Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris's hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice's plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights Movement to the present day, A Life Apart is about a love that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart. L.Y. Marlow brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice's relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war

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