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This is a d but novel it is good The story is unique, believable, well researched, and captures the racial tensions of the 30 s This is better than a 3 star book, but I can t quite give it 4 stars mainly because it s slow at times and there are too many characters to monitor Wish the book focused on a few I did it enjoy it and you might too if you want to read something different that includes second chances and the devastation a hurricane can bring. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy of Under a Dark Summer Sky 3 1 2 stars Based on real historical events, this book tells the story of a small community in the Florida keys in the mid 1930s that was hit by a devastating hurricane It also tells the story of a group of WWI veterans who were in a work camp in the area at the time The first two thirds of the book set out the social structure of the community and the relationships between the diff Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy of Under a Dark Summer Sky 3 1 2 stars Based on real historical events, this book tells the story of a small community in the Florida keys in the mid 1930s that was hit by a devastating hurricane It also tells the story of a group of WWI veterans who were in a work camp in the area at the time The first two thirds of the book set out the social structure of the community and the relationships between the different characters And the last third deals with the storm and how people react, work together and work against each other The story is told from the perspective of a few interconnected characters in different social circumstances Through the story and not in a preachy way, the book deals with race relations, the suffering of returning veterans, domestic abuse and how people behave good and bad in the face of catastrophic events And it has one of the most gripping edge of your seat opening scenes I remember reading And the end is hard to read and sad And the very end leaves a glimmer of hope In other words, Under a Dark Summer Sky has all of the makings of a good read, which it definitely is Two caveats which explain my 3 1 2 star rather than 4 star rating 1 the characters were somewhat unidimensional, fitting the purpose of the narrative rather than adding complexity to the story and 2 the thread of the story seemed to get messy close to silly and lose its way just before the storm, but it all came back into sharp focus again during the storm so no biggy It s an impressive first novel, generally written simply but with occasional great sentences Well worth the read if you re in the mood for a good story Much of the history in this book is actually true, the vets not being given their bonus pay, the racial injustice blacks faced after serving in the armed forces and then returning home to their families The vets sent to the Florida Keys to build roads and the abysmal conditions they lived in The hurricane that hit Islamorada in the Keys, though in this book it is called Heron Bay But what makes the story are the people on the island, this is the part that is created and the author did a wonde Much of the history in this book is actually true, the vets not being given their bonus pay, the racial injustice blacks faced after serving in the armed forces and then returning home to their families The vets sent to the Florida Keys to build roads and the abysmal conditions they lived in The hurricane that hit Islamorada in the Keys, though in this book it is called Heron Bay But what makes the story are the people on the island, this is the part that is created and the author did a wonderful job One gets the full force of racial segregation, relationships that are not what they should be and even a little voodoo thrown on for a little magical realism When the storm hits it is horrific and powerful, as are the descriptions The desperation, the fear, which brings out the worst and the best in people Intense and violent, the few whom are left after the storm must work to bring their community back together.Wonderful, solid storytelling, using historical events as a background for a little known period of history As always the author s note is appreciated One interesting fact is that when the actual hurricane hit the Keys, Hemingway was living in Key West and was one of the first people who came to help.ARC from NetGalley Please be aware that my review contains what might be considered spoilers Under a Dark Summer Sky a debut novel by author Vanessa Lafaye, is an intense and enthralling piece of historical fiction Lafaye, who was born in Tallahassee and grew up in Tampa, has created a great story that blends the true history of a major natural disaster, a love story and a violent but somehow underwhelming crime mystery.This is a fictionalized novel set in Florida during the summer of 1935 as one of the most Please be aware that my review contains what might be considered spoilers Under a Dark Summer Sky a debut novel by author Vanessa Lafaye, is an intense and enthralling piece of historical fiction Lafaye, who was born in Tallahassee and grew up in Tampa, has created a great story that blends the true history of a major natural disaster, a love story and a violent but somehow underwhelming crime mystery.This is a fictionalized novel set in Florida during the summer of 1935 as one of the most intense and devastating hurricanes in US history made landfall, literally erasing a good portion of the upper Florida Keys from the map.According to an article in the Sun Sentinel The storm destroyed Henry Flagler s railroad that connected Key West to the mainland and is said to have cleared every tree and every building off Matecumbe Key.Although the author chose to set the story in the summer of 1935, the hurricane actually hit Islamorada fictionalized as Heron Key in the novel the same year on Labor Day weekend.This category 5 storm known as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane , never got an official name since the National Hurricane Center NHC only started the practice of formally naming storms in 1953 up until 1979 all the storms had female names, since then male and female names are used interchangeably.Compare to other major hurricanes, the financial impact of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane was relatively small 6 million dollars , but the lost of lives was staggering, in totalthan 400 people lost their lives during this horrific natural disaster.To me one of the strengths of this novel is how accurate the author highlights the tensions that arise when disasters strike and resources are limited These types of events tend to reveal the best and worst of human nature Henry Flagler s railroad was destroyed during the 1935 Labor Day hurricane When you travel to The Florida Keys you can see what remains of the old Bridge.The first scene of Under a Dark Summer Sky, in which an alligator tries to take a baby away from the family s backyard and have him for lunch, gives you a sense as how intense and dramatic this novel is going to be.As the story begins, it s the summer of 1935, Franklin Roosevelt is president and the nation is still reeling from the ravaging effects of the Depression, as well as the overwhelming aftermath of World War I Although racial tensions have taken a backseat, the Jim Crow laws are alive and well and remain a very present reality in the lives of most African Americans.The residents of Heron Key are not happy when a group of World War I veterans come to live in their midst After coming back from the war, many veterans couldn t find jobs and Congress and the Federal Government failed to deliver a bonus that had been promised to the veteran soldiers.In an effort to control the political backlash that came as a result, the Roosevelt administration decided to move veterans as far away from Washington as possible The government created public works projects and offered jobs to over 200 dissapointed and unruly war veterans, black and white, that ended up living in Heron Key.By Depression Era standards, the folks of Heron Key seem to have escaped the worst of the economic woes most the rest of the country is experiencing, but life is certainly not easy especially for its African American citizens Still the town enjoys a relatively pleasant and agreeable lifestyle, like it was typical in many places during this pre civil rights era, everybody knows their place Both black and white residents are very aware where social lines are drawn and are careful not to cross them.But the veteran s presence disrupts this fragile balance between its residents and we see how prejudices and old conflicts bubble to the surface.The novels introduces a wide and interesting cast of characters I found it a little difficult to keep track of all the names, particularly during the first chapters of the novel The narrative jumps pretty fast from one character to another, which was to me one of the shortcomings of this book.Henry Roberts, is probably the most complex and interesting character He is an African American war veteran and a native of Heron Key After living in France during the war and experiencing how it felt to live in a racially desegregated society that included having a white French lover , he returns to America, but he s trying to find his place and purpose and struggles with the realities of racial inequality in his home country.Nelson and Hilda Kincaid are the richest but very unhappy white couple in town.Missy Douglas, a sweet and noble African American, works as the nanny for the Kincaids Missy has harbored feelings for Henry since she was a young girl When he returns to Heron Key, she s hopeful that they can start things where the left them 17 years ago.Dwayne Campbell is the town sheriff, his marriage is in ruins after his wife gave birth to a baby of mixed race and Selma, Henry s sister has the ability to invoke supernatural forces yes there s a little touch of magical realism on the book but the author keeps this to a minimum, so don t let that turn you off if that not your thing.Three generations after the end of slavery, the town s Fourth of July barbecue remains a segregated event Still this is the annual party everybody in Heron Key looks forward to attend.Initially things appear to be going well but the harmony doesn t last long Tensions between black and white residents boil over after the vets, some of whom have drank too much, start disrupting the party.Later on that night when Hilda is found almost beaten to death, suspicions immediately land on Henry despite the lack of any physical evidence and talks of a lynching begin circulating.The story then follows the investigation to solve the mystery of who attacked Hilda and what what was the motivation behind the it.In the meantime, the authorities of Heron Key have been getting regular updates from the local weatherman about a potential dangerous storm that is rapidly approaching the Florida straits.Predicting the weather has always being an inexact science, but it was really fascinating to learn how primitive the science of meteorological forecasting was in those days and how little technology was available to the people involved in making hurricane predictions.Once the hurricane makes landfall and begins wreaking havoc on the island, it becomes a character itself.Lafaye deftly describes the storm s intensity, unpredictability and it s determination to destroy everything that comes on its path.Be prepared to read some very detailed and harrowing passages describing the loss of human life and treasure By one account, the force of the winds was such that People caught in the open were blasted by sand with such force that it stripped away their clothing.I had known about this real life event in Florida s history before, but reading it in the context of this dramatic novel and learning how badly these veterans were treated put it a different light for me According to official records, out of the 400 plus victims of the hurricane, 259 were WWI veterans It s inexcusable that these vets were placed in inadequate tent like housing, under Florida s scorching summer temperatures and right in the midst of hurricane season There were plans to send a train from Miami to rescue the veterans from the storm, but a mix of apathy, government bureaucracy and a lack of a reliable chain of command doomed the mission from the beginning By the time the train arrived in the Keys, it was too late and many died on board when it was swept of its tracks by the storm surge.The book includes an addendum with the Author s Note which I very much appreciated It provides fascinating details about the historical and political context of the story The author mentions that Ernest Hemingway, who was a resident of Key West at the time, was one of the first to arrive in Islamorada after the storm had passed A picture of the relief train that was sent to rescue WWI veterans after it was swept by the storm surge Following his visit, Hemingway wrote a scathing magazine article denouncing the failed government rescue efforts titled Who Murdered The Vets.Hemingway s anger is very palpable when you read his letter, here s a paragraph It is not necessary to go into the deaths of the civilians and their families since they were on the Keys of their own free will They made their living there, had property and knew the hazards involved But the veterans had been sent there they had no opportunity to leave, nor any protection against hurricanes and they never had a chance for their lives.The novel still manages to end on a solemn but hopeful note when the survivors gather to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the storm and remember those that were lost, but are also grateful to be alive and make plans for their future.Under a Dark Summer Sky with its blend of history, mystery and a touch of romance makes for a very nice summer read Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye was a well written novel that opened up my eyes set in Florida keys in 1935 the locals are preparing for a bbq unaware that the world is about to change forever.Missy the Kincaid s maid feels that she has wasted her life pining for Henry whom she hasn t seen before the war, now he has returned with a group of other destitute veterans he is unsure of his future, ashamed of his past.When a white woman is found brutally beaten suspicions fall straight to Henry, tensions Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye was a well written novel that opened up my eyes set in Florida keys in 1935 the locals are preparing for a bbq unaware that the world is about to change forever.Missy the Kincaid s maid feels that she has wasted her life pining for Henry whom she hasn t seen before the war, now he has returned with a group of other destitute veterans he is unsure of his future, ashamed of his past.When a white woman is found brutally beaten suspicions fall straight to Henry, tensions rise between the blacks Whites they don t see what is coming so do the soldiers for far out over the Atlanta the greatest storm ever to strike America is heading their way.This was hard at times to read due to some barbaric content that went on at this time thank god Its a lot better now lynching s do not happen thank god the treatment back then was so horrible Blacks whites are equal You d never believe this is written by a 1st time author Based on actual events in 1935, involving racial tensions, a woman beaten nearly to death, veterans forced to live and work in deplorable conditions, a childhood romance rekindled, and a horrific, deadly hurricane off the Florida coast Talk about a page turner, filled with great characters, and plenty of suspense Highly, highly recommend for a great summer read A special thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop 50 Books of 2015 Best Southern Historical Fiction Debut Florida Keys racial social tensions UNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY by Vanessa Lafayeis a powerful, poignant southern fiction debut, crossing several genres from history, literary, romance, crime, suspense, and thriller, of secrets and lies, capturing the essence of time and history, racial unrest, social issues, and misplaced war vetA special thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewTop 50 Books of 2015 Best Southern Historical Fiction Debut Florida Keys racial social tensions UNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY by Vanessa Lafayeis a powerful, poignant southern fiction debut, crossing several genres from history, literary, romance, crime, suspense, and thriller, of secrets and lies, capturing the essence of time and history, racial unrest, social issues, and misplaced war veterans, combined with one of the worst hurricanes in American history, set in 1935 in the Florida Keys Based on true historical events, a love story of determination, overcoming a past, fighting against all odds Highly recommendWhen I first viewed this cover on NetGalley, I knew this book was for me, and wow, I was not disappointed Immediately upon viewing the usage of Broadway font, on the front cover designers pick up on these things a draw from the era fascinating yet complicated thirties, and a dazzling front cover was intrigued front and back packaging excellent hats off to the designerCombined with a captivating summary which grabbed me at hello my favorite genre an avid lover of history, and a former resident of the Florida Keys current South Florida resident was HOOKED prior to opening page one However, the real treat and unexpected delight the author s brilliant writing and research did I misread A debut If this is a debut, cannot imagine what is to come Wow, this mesmerizing story captured me from beginning to end, and am still pondering, while writing my review Each word jumps off the page, the emotions and intensity of each character, so profound the vivid settings taking you back in time, the Old Florida Keys, while reliving a troubled past, as you experience the humid heat, the tension, amidst the storm, the suspense, and the racial unrest sending chill bumps down my spine Nothing better than a true to life historic account, mixed with a magical fictional twist, blended for a riveting tale, reminiscent of another time Not an easy task, and Lafaye executes with finesse and sensitivity for an impressive well paced delivery A page turner I read this one in one sitting Set in the Florida Keys in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, in the summer of the fictional town of Heron Keyactual Islamorada my favorite place in the entire Keys ,a place where wealthy tourists come to enjoy the beaches, riding the Henry Flagler East Coast Railway to Key West However, not all was so peaceful and glorious Unfortunately The Jim Crow laws were in place, demanding racial segregation enforced through state and local laws after the Reconstruction period in Southern US, continuing in force until 1965 Florida was of course included The beaches were separated, colored and whites, stores, public restrooms, schools, and the list goes on and on To further complicate matters, a group of misplaced homeless, and jobless World War I veterans were granted an opportunity to join a public works project in the Keys, among three work camps spread throughout the Keys At first the veterans were excited to be a part of this project, until they arrived to see the poor living and working conditions and the lack of respect and mistreatment No wonder they are angry first the war, then this If you happened to be black, you were all but doomed The local people, generations known as Conchs were not so accepting Their lives were invaded by hard drinking, disturbed shell shocked instead of PTSD, as known today , and dangerous men in their midstIf you know the area, it is isolated and not a lot of room to spread outWorst of all, the government was of little assistance, and did not offer a support system to this group of brave men who fought to save our country so sad Combined with the brutal climate, unfair treatment, unbearable working conditions, building a railway bridge in the hot heat, treated as second rate citizens, and the inadequate facilities, mixed with the racial issues you have a difficult and unbearable situation Now it is about to become even worse than a danger war zone, with the most powerful hurricane approaching Some did not take it seriously The worst ever to strike North America in 1935 These poor men cannot catch a breakAs the book opens we meet the lovely black young woman, Missy whose job is to take care of little baby Nathan, son of Mr and Mrs Kincaid Mrs Kincaid comes from money, however, she forced her marriage due to her pregnancy and over the years, the former beauty queen, now fat and lonely, and her cheating drinking husband makes no secret of his affairs with the many women at the country club.When an alligator is close to eating Little Nathan for lunch very funny , while in her care, made me think of Million Dollar Road by Amy ConnerMissy and her friend Selma act quickly to divert a tragedy before the Kincaid s arrive home in preparation for the annual Fourth of July picnic Selma her dear friend s son Henry Roberts was one of the unfortunate ones to go off to war, and shows up to help with the cleanup and aftermath this fiasco ties in with something later Missy has been in love with Henry Roberts since she was a little girl, waiting her entire life for his return He was a little older and the young man she looked up to She has never been anywhere much outside of home, with little chance for an education, a future, and dreams of one day marrying Henry Roberts with a family of her own She still lives with her mother mama However, she is smart, and she loves Nathan She given an entire set of encyclopedias don t we all recall these , so she stays abreast of the world in her on way, through her books In the south they sold two items encyclopedias and grave plots, which I recall growing up However, she is shocked when discovering Henry Roberts has been here working in the camp and never looked her up He is back She has waited her entire life for this day She assumed he had met some French woman or possibly too sophisticated now, for her Nothing could be further from the truth A bright future ahead of him, when he left now he is stuck in this Godforsaken place, and what would he have to offer Missy A damaged, broke, and skeleton of a man he used to be The government has gotten him into this mess of a life but he is determined to escape.When the town gathers for the annual 4th picnic, the whites, blacks, and veterans will be mingling, with free flowing booz, with years of pent up anger and violence a combo for trouble White Sherriff Dwayne Campbell is anticipating it, and he too has some unresolved old issues and secrets, a past , violence when his wife gave birth to a black baby and she refuses to name the father He takes out his anger onthan one While at the picnic, trouble breaks out, a white woman gets beat up and left for dead and the blame and suspicion has to be directed at someone Henry Roberts would make an easy fall guy, especially when Campbell overhears rumors Roberts could be the father of his son, while the real killer is out there running free, and a woman is fighting for her life Missy is out to claim her man and the life she wanted, and tries desperately to help defend him from a system who wants to destroy her love, and the man she admires There is a damaged veteran doctor full of grief, who wants to save the woman he may love, and a group of veterans left hanging without a care for their safety, a train which may never arrive to take them away, as a storm gets closer and the only shelter will not allow coloreds, and the rest are left out in a storm which will destroy everything in its path An escape, a train, a shelter, a hurricane, and lost souls Intense A cast of well developed characters, desperate to save their own lives and the ones they love, while dealing with a past of mistakes for an intense and dangerous race against time, winds, rains, and storms of life will there be anything left after this disaster, to start a new A gripping southern suspense debut with some characters you will despise and some you will adore You will fall in love with Missy and Henry Roberts and continue rooting for them, as well as Missy, Doc, and some of the others who are mistreated in so many ways I loved the boxcar scene when the people from the shelter were run out priceless I enjoyed the well researched history notes, as always alarming to know Florida s status as Lynching capital of the South in 1935 Often authors dismiss Florida, writing of other deep southern states However, as the author points out, lynchings were carried out for a variety of crimes and nothing worse than a crime of violence by a black man like Henry Roberts against a white woman, or accused even though innocent During this time it was about the white man, and the misdirected power, as they ruled the government both state and federal, especially those with moneyThe poor black women, such as Selma, Mama, and Missy had no civil rights, as we know today In addition, being a veteran during this time whether white or black was extremely hard, as many left their jobs and families to fight for their country but came back to destitution In 1922 Congress approved a bonus for their service due to be paid in 1945 Pressure was on to make early payment when in 1932, 40,000 vets and their families made camp outside the US Capitol building Was approved for the house but defeated by Senate and later had to wait until 1936 to get their bonus You can readat the end of the book fascinating Fans of Dollbaby, The Help, Lavina, To Kill a Mockingbird, Snapshot, and authors Wiley Cash, Diane Chamberlain, Amy Conner, Karen White, Charles Martin, and Susan Rebecca White, among the southern classics, as well as lovers of literary, southern historical fiction, suspense, and romance will devour this one Included The Reading Group Guide, A Conversation with the Author, The Author s Note, and drum roll Further Readinghave already ordered some of the references for additional reading on the subjectUNDER A DARK SUMMER SKY is an ideal choice for book clubs, groups, and further discussions Cannot wait for Vanessa Lafaye s next book a new fan JDCMustReadBooks Set in the fictional town of Heron Key, Florida in 1935, this debut novel mixes up fact and fiction to bring the reader through one of the worst hurricanes in history Not only is the sea rising to dangerous levels and the ever changing winds confusing the weather forecasters, but the tension in the town has reached its own boiling point Racial prejudice is rampant and veteran soldiers have arrived in the area to help build a major bridge The soldiers are a mixture of black and white but are a Set in the fictional town of Heron Key, Florida in 1935, this debut novel mixes up fact and fiction to bring the reader through one of the worst hurricanes in history Not only is the sea rising to dangerous levels and the ever changing winds confusing the weather forecasters, but the tension in the town has reached its own boiling point Racial prejudice is rampant and veteran soldiers have arrived in the area to help build a major bridge The soldiers are a mixture of black and white but are all victims of discrimination, living in squalor and treated like animals Things get even worse when a local white lady is found beaten and close to death following a Labor Day beach party The assumption of guilt falls on a former army officer, a black man, down on his luck, yet there is no logical reason for this assumption The law doesn t seem to apply in Florida and the voice of a black man is not going to be heard As the storm comes closer and closer, just who is going to face the impending chaos and who will be affected the most This is historical fiction at its finest Full of depth, despair, fear, hope, love, loss and friendship So many emotions are brought to the foreground, it becomes the readers world for the novels entirety The author has included an informative historical note at the beginning of the book, which explains the whole idea behind the veterans of Heron Key This is a real help to the reader, and addsdepth to the characters that are introduced along the way From page one, where were enter the world of Missy and Selma, both black servants in a racist town, full of wealthy, bored and dishonest white folk , the novel reaches out and sucks you in The blacks are plodding along, never expecting change, afraid to dream of a different world, The whites are, for the most, miserable Money may buy them nice homes and cars, afford them access to the finest dressmakers and cooks, yet it can t buy love or genuine respect It is hard not to draw comparisons to Katerine Stockett s The Help or The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, as they both lovingly told of the relationships between blacks and whites in past times However, this novel also has aspects which are reminiscent of The Color Purple Strong, female characters, fighting to exist for the sake of their families, friends and their own sanity It shows how women have, and still do, have to fight that bot harder to find their inner happiness The double weight of being black, and a woman, is not a new concept in literature, but Vanessa Lafaye has cast a new light on it What concerned the women of this eraThe search for independence, love or education The love they felt for the white children they were raising was heartrendingly real The love they felt for their husbands and brothers was intense, deep and long lasting This book looks at how these women and children were treated when a storm raged through at fatal intensity It also juxtaposes this storyline with a look at some of the white residents, who hide behind their pale exteriors and masks of contentment The Kincaid family, barely able to look at each other, the town doctor, lonely and broken, the country club ladies and gents, who drip with dishonesty and the general store owner who just wants to prepare for the storm The characters are hopping off the page on a regular basis There are quite a lot of them, but once you get past the initial introductions, each has a part to play in the overall narrative The writing is superb Blending the many worlds within Heron Key to a believable and atmospheric ideal Chapter pacing is just right, historical facts not overloaded and yet there is a balance between the storm, the cultural angle and the love story It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel, such is the standard, and I cannot recommend this enough A wonderful blend of history and fiction, finely tuned research and warm writing style, makes this ideal for fans of Sue Monk Kidd and is definitely a book that should be bought, read and savoured It will linger in many readers minds, as shall the memory of the victims of the 1935 hurricane A stunning, striking and sensual debut A complete joy to read This is a well written , well researched story based on the true events of veterans of WWI sent to the Florida Keys to build a bridge instead of being given the bonus they were promised after the war The working conditions are awful and huge hurricane is on its way.At Heron Key in 1935 , there s tension in the air literally and figuratively a hurricane is coming and racial tensions abound A brutal beating of a white woman is blamed on an innocent black man , whites only are allowed in the This is a well written , well researched story based on the true events of veterans of WWI sent to the Florida Keys to build a bridge instead of being given the bonus they were promised after the war The working conditions are awful and huge hurricane is on its way.At Heron Key in 1935 , there s tension in the air literally and figuratively a hurricane is coming and racial tensions abound A brutal beating of a white woman is blamed on an innocent black man , whites only are allowed in the shelter as the hurricane ravages amidst the horrible racism I ve never been in a hurricane but the author makes you feel what it might be like It aboutthan the hurricane though It s about racism and the after effects of war, about loyalty , love and family and about a shameful time in America s history.I loved the characters , especially Doc who has himself suffered the affects of the war but yet cares about people and sees beauty where others don t I also loved Missy and her selfless bravery to save a child This is a sad and heartbreaking story in many ways but there is the savings grace of people s love for each other that provides hope in the end Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and NetGalley ^Free Pdf ☠ Tempo d'estate ⇲ Florida,Mentre gli Stati Uniti soffrono ancora l eco della Grande Depressione, nella piccola citt di Heron Key la vita scorre tranquilla i turisti affollano le spiagge, le strade sono addobbate a festa per illuglio e Missy si sente felice come non le capitava da tempoPrima di tutto perch ha trovato lavoro come domestica presso la famiglia Kincaid E poi perch Henry il suo primo grande a appena tornato dal fronte francese Come se non bastasse il governo ha fatto due promesse per migliorare la qualit della vita a Heron Key frenare i linciaggi dei neri sempre pi frequenti e trovare lavoro a tutti i mille veterani rientrati dalla Prima guerra mondiale e sistemati malamente in baracche al confine della cittPurtroppo, per , niente va come promesso I veterani presto vengono dimenticati e lasciati a vagare per le strade, costantemente ubriachi, come mendicanti o malati fuggiti da un ospedale psichiatrico Perci , mentre la polizia accusa Henry di aver pestato a morte una donna e un violento uragano si avvicina alle coste della Florida, Missy capisce che il suo sogno di una vita felice potrebbe non realizzarsi mai Solo una cosa importa adesso sopravvivere a quella catastrofe Bianchi e neri, assiemeCon una scrittura semplice ma potente, e una galleria di personaggi memorabili, Vanessa Lafaye regala ai lettori un romanzo dal ritmo incalzante che porta alla luce un intensa storia d a sullo sfondo dell America degli anni Trenta, flagellata da disastri naturali e tumulti sociali, da emarginazioni e pregiudizi e, nello stesso tempo, abitata da donne come Missy, capace di opporsi a ogni avversit per difendere la sua libert e il suo a