Prince Edward Author:Dennis McFarland Prince Edward is the profound story of Benjamin Rome, a ten-year-old boy living through the summer and fall of 1959 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The stage for the massive resistance of local whites against nationwide desegregation, the county is a frightening and passionate place of shifting loyalties and ardent belief. It is here that Ben... more » must learn to navigate not only his adolescence, but the politics of the time through his powerful family. A brilliant melding of historical record and personal experience, Dennis McFarland?s fifth novel is an affirmation of his devastating emotional insight and graceful narrative gifts.« less
McFarland is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed every one of his novels.
Prince Edward, his latest one, I felt was by far his best. Prince Edward County was one of the counties in the south that resisted the integration of the public schools. Against this angry and painful background, the story narrated by a 10 year old boy living in these puzzling times, manages to tell the story with grace and humor. The prose is smooth as butter, and the human stories of the family in the novel come through as real and true as any I have ever read. A fantastic read.
Well written and informative. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, (one of my all time favorite books), our protagonist is a child, and often unaware of the import of the actions he is reporting.
I grew up with a stepfather who reminds me of one of the characters (the grandfather), and I can say that the author got it so right that some of the reading was uncomfortable for me and I contemplated quitting the book because it brought back some very unpleasant memories. But I pressed on, and I am glad I did. Serious themes, here, but over all an engaging story.