I loved the Secret Life of Bees and was told if I liked that book, I'd like this one, too. I really enjoyed this well written book. Out of the Night That Covers Me takes you to a different place and time through the eyes of a young boy taken totally out of his element and follows him through his journey to find a place he truly belongs and in doing so, finds himself.
How I loved this novel--Let me count the ways. There are so many reasons. I loved this author, I wish there were a series for this story as i didn't want it to end. The story line was so different and i wanted to be part of this disjointed - so called family, i loved them so much. This is such a "heart jerker". I cheered, I cussed--yup--cussed, and even found myself praying that such hatered in this world could stop, and i boo hooed--no sobbed is more like it, at the end and yet I haven't had enough--i want more of this story.
It's the 1950's, and, after the death of his beloved mother, an eight year old white boy is thrust into a life he's never known - working long hours in the fields for his violent, alcoholic uncle. He learns to identify with the struggles of the poor black people that he encounters. Powerful story telling of lost innocence, prejudice and the secret corners of a child's heart.
I took a chance on this book, as I included it in my 2009 Reading Challenge. Once again I felt I did good by choosing this book. It grabbed me from the first page and kept me going till the end. The book takes you to a time in history when the African America people were coming from being slaves to raising their own crops. Still though, it shows that we as Americans aren't over the period of slavery even after the the slavery era was supposed to be done with. It's a good book for a light read.
interesting story. I liked the subject matter and some of the episodes. Not the best written or easiest story to follow, but definitely worth the read.
This affecting Southern coming-of-age novel continues the story of John McMillan, the bright but overprotected eight-year-old boy introduced, in a minor role, in Devoto's debut novel (My Last Days as Roy Rogers). When his widowed mother dies in the mid-1950s, John is taken by her sister, his Aunt Nelda Spraig, from his comfortable home in northern Alabama to the small town of Lower Peach Tree in Alabama's Black Belt. There he is shocked to learn that Nelda and her family live in a dog-trot house, with no indoor plumbing or electricity. John suffers the brutality of his alcoholic Uncle Luther, who forces him to hoe cotton under a hot sun until his eyes swell shut and his skin blisters, who sells off all of the boy's family possessions and whips him with a belt. John's spirits begin to lift, however, when he is taken under the wing of kindly "Judge" Bryon Vance. The president of the local bank, the Judge makes reasonable crop loans to sharecroppers, thus incurring the enmity of the white landowners. Working as an office and yard boy for the blind Judge, John learns that "the coloreds" are slipping out of town, reportedly headed for Chicago. But how do they manage to leave, since they don't have money for train fare and don't own automobiles? The solution to the mystery seems to lie with Tuway, the Judge's awe-inspiring black right-hand man and general factotum whose life becomes interwoven with John's. Devoto's narrative voice is sometimes awkward; factual details (historical, geographic and agricultural) often feel stuffed into the story. Moreover, we seem to have met these characters before in To Kill a Mockingbird and other classics of Southern literature. Their familiar story is a haunting one, however; part of the fabric of American life, it bears frequent retelling.