Thursday, 10 September 2015
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The first time I read this book, I really felt the injustice of slavery in the United States. My thoughts on this overwhelmed the real story. I let time pass till I felt ready to read it again. The second time, I listened to the audio book ready by Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Listening again, I was free to get involved in the current story and in Caren's struggles.
Even when she left the plantation for law school, she was never free of the strings that tied her to Belle Vie. Until she resolves Jason's death and the secrets long shrouding the truth , she won't be able to move on with her life.
There is so much happening in this novel, that it is well worth reading more than once. The vivid descriptions of the plantation grounds had me wanting to stroll through them on an early morning walk with Caren. I could feel her envy of the closeness of the rest of the staff. Regardless of their skin colour or background, they had formed a family in which Caren was not included even though she had grown up there.
I enjoyed this book more the second time and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others, particularly those interested in American history.
Author Attica Locke
Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for my review copy and for use of the cover image.
Audio book by Dreamscape Media
Also by Attica Locke