The Evening the Lights Went Out
by Karen White
That is one other guide membership learn, and I used to be pleasantly shocked to search out it included sections which can be historic–Nice Melancholy and WWII period. The principle character, Merilee, is a not too long ago divorced mom of two attempting to make it on her personal in a brand new surroundings–among the many extra prosperous members of society–resulting from her children being enrolled in a non-public college. She makes a couple of pals among the many moms, however feels a larger reference to 94-year-old Sugar Prescott, her new on-site landlady. The 2 develop nearer (reluctantly on Sugar’s finish) as they share private tales and historical past of the land and city. Merilee quickly discovers she’s being focused by one in all her new acquaintances, however struggles to find out the perpetrator. She should dig into her personal unsavory previous to discover a hyperlink to her present predicament.
Being that it’s written by a neighborhood creator and the panorama is acquainted, I used to be in a position to recognize the message of how farm land outdoors of Atlanta has became suburbs previously a long time, and the way it’s affecting society and erasing historical past. We had an awesome dialogue at our guide membership assembly and I’m glad we selected this guide because it’s launched me to an creator I’ll have in any other case missed. Her style/model by no means stood out to me as historic, however I see she has blended historical past with modern and a little bit of romance and homicide thriller, too.
The guide membership members all agreed that Merilee–although the principle character–was not essentially the most likable, however that Sugar stole the present! That is positively true, and I discovered that her flashback chapters had been essentially the most fascinating and pleasant. The thriller blogger’s excerpts had been additionally absolute gems and stored the parallel format from getting stagnant. There’s loads of Atlanta space place-name dropping, however the story is common sufficient to please readers outdoors our pretty state. Extremely advisable!