The Evening Road

The Evening Road

eBook - 2017
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"A strange, dazzling novel, as audacious as it is lyrical, The Evening Road hauls up insight, sorrow, and even--somehow--wit from the well of American history." - Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room and The Wonder

"Illuminates its time better than any staid sepia period piece ever could." -- New York

Two women, two secrets: one desperate and extraordinary day.

In the high heat of an Indiana summer, news spreads fast. When Marvel, the local county seat, plans to lynch three young black men, word travels faster. It is August, 1930, the height of the Jim Crow era, and the prospect of the spectacle sends shockwaves rumbling through farm country as far as a day's wagon-ride away.

Ottie Lee Henshaw, a fiery small-town beauty, sets out with her lecherous boss and brooding husband to join in whatever fun there is to be had. At the opposite end of the road to Marvel, Calla Destry, a young African-American woman determined to escape the violence, leaves home to find the lover who has promised her a new life.

As the countryside explodes in frenzied revelry, the road is no place for either. It is populated by wild-eyed demagogues, marauding vigilantes, possessed bloodhounds, and even by the Ku Klux Klan itself. Reminiscent of the works of Louise Erdrich, Edward P. Jones, and Marilynne Robinson, The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable woman on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
ISBN: 9780316391306
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 14, 2019

Rating: 3 STARS
2017; Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group
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On a hot summer night in the 1930s, three black men are about to be lynched by a vengeful crowd. One woman, with her husband and boss, goes towards the violence while another one runs from it towards her lover.

I found the first 1/3 of the novel quite well-written but then found it hard to stay engaged with the story and characters. I found myself flipping to get to the end. I finished the novel but it took a bit of work.

​***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***


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