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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    A Heart-wrenching book you MUST read

    Next door neighbors, basically but twenty worlds apart. Isaiah High and Angel Corey were best friends their entire lives until they became teens and then, by mutual unspoken agreement, they were pulled apart. Her dad and his mom saw things they didn’t and decided their way was best. And, in WW II Texas, it was.
    Angel’s mom died at her birth, leaving her to be raised in her papa’s general store, on the riverbank in Gideon, Texas. Across the river, in lower Gideon, lived the folk who the other residents depended on: the maids, housekeepers, nursemaids, gardeners, drivers, etc. all poor. All black. Such is the environment Isaiah came from – his father was a Medal of Honor winner but, of course, in the 1940’s he didn’t get it. He was black.
    Isaiah was encouraged to join the Armed Forces in WWII by Angel’s dad. He saw the storm coming in his part of Gideon and knew that Isaiah would change dramatically across the ocean in foxholes. What he didn’t plan on were the letters that passed between his daughter and the High boy weekly until the war ended. Then, as he had planned to never do again – Isaiah came home.
    This story broke my heart. I knew, as we all do, of the Southern cruelties to people of color. And some even know of the worse cruelties inflicted on those associating with them. All the characters in this story, especially the small-minded; were written with purpose and truth. The Christians who absolutely were not and the few who tried to change their minds will be with me for quite awhile.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    Angel and Isaiah grew up together, they had loved each other mos

    Angel and Isaiah grew up together, they had loved each other most of their lives. But this was the South in 1946. Neither one had ever admitted it, even to themselves. Because She was white and he was black and that could get them both killed.
    It is a heart wrenching story of love, violence, hatred and evil. Both in Europe and in Texas. A story that will chill you to the bone. Made worse by the fact that you know it could be true. I won't give away the end, but I know, this is one story you will never forget, and hopefully we will neither forget or forgive the things that happened in our country, in Hitler's Europe, in the end both were born of unmentionable evil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    The Sleeping Night

    This book inspired me to believe in a higher power again. However, at first I avoided reading it because I couldn't move my mind past the Black and White bookstore. Then I remembered that Barbara Samuels has not failed me yet. This book was amazing. I believe it is her best writing to date. It felt real, it was multicultural and beautiful. It was amazing and awe inspiring. Thank you Barbara Samuels for making strong ethnic characters of substance both black and white.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    A page turner

    I always enjoy reading any book that Barbara Samuel has written, and this book was no exception. The story is set in Texas in the 1940's, during and after WW2. Angel and Isaiah fall in love, which could lead to both of them dying. Simply because he is Black and she is White. I was on tenterhooks throughout the book, worrying over what would happen next. What a beautifully written book.

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