THE SLEEPING NIGHT
Samuel’s story looks at the fallout of World War II from a different perspective, bringing readers below the Mason-Dixon line for a glimpse of a society and beliefs that were just as bad as the ones being combatted overseas. Not only is this story extremely realistic, but it unveils the ridiculous rules and life-threatening consequences for two people who were doing nothing more than falling in love.
The local bookstore in Gideon, Texas, welcomes Gideon native and author Angel Corey, back to the town. Now 80 years old, she’s coming back to speak about her book of war letters, and how she, her father and the people of Gideon dealt with life in the old days. Readers return to the 1920s with Angel, when she is just a child living with her “crazy” father who not only likes, but also respects, the African-Americans in the community. Angel cares very much for her best friend, Isaiah, but when an uprising happens in the town and Isaiah’s father is killed, he turns his hatred on everyone for their awful rules based only on race. Isaiah escapes to Europe and fights in World War II while Angel stays in Gideon. Her life is not easy; she marries, then becomes a war widow at a very young age. She continues to write her best friend while he’s off at war, keeping him up on the local gossip and stories, but when he returns home and they meet face to face, the spark of passion overtakes their childhood friendship from long ago. (BELL BRIDGE, Jun., 270 pp., $14.95)