The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren
For Book Beginnings:
On that first day of school Mama wrapped her hand around mine as we walked together into the classroom at Cobb's Creek Country School. I'd been so sheltered about our family's past - not to mention the small-minded ways of Hadlee, Mississippi - that I was completely unprepared for what was to come.
- p. 1
For Friday 56:
"There's a fine line between bein brave and bein crazy, and J.L. liked to straddle it."
- p. 56
Book Blurb: In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980's, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens. By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn't believe he has it in him. In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right; and comes to realize he is his father's son. This story explores how two unsettling chapters in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends.
I'm just starting this one and I'm really enjoying it so far! I read one review over on Goodreads that this was reminiscent of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, plus that synopsis ... so I said yes to the author, Nancy Klann-Moren (who guest posted the other day on book crushes) to review this one! She's also giving away a few more copies to you, yes you! :)
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