The Air Between Us: A Novel

The Air Between Us: A Novel

by Deborah Johnson
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Air Between Us 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MimiSC More than 1 year ago
Deborah Johnson's book has managed to illustrate the complexity of human relationships. One set of characters meet as youngsters. The boys' friendship, beginning during the innocence of youth, develops into a co-dependent relationship benefitting both through their school days and well into their adult lives. Their common interests, personal needs and professional aspirations are conjoined ~ on an intellectual and social level. What appears to be mutual respect and reciprocity is fueled by racial tension and resentment. Though both have gained personally and professionally by virtue of their relationship, in a twist of fate they find themselves at odds with, and in need of, one another in order to survive. Another set of characters daily interactions have the appearance of female commraderie, but their interest in one anther stems from experiences and a past much darker than that that is revealed by the content of their social discourse. A third set of characters, introduced at the beginning of the story, are two youngsters whose lives are plagued with the complications of race, incest and family pride. Ms. Johnson manages to hold the reader's interest in these two youngsters, weaving throughout the story their tragic experiences, their pathetic lives, their suffering and ~ finally ~ their redemption, revealing their families deepest shameful secrets at the climax of the story. Complex social and personal issues that fracture the human experience on earth are peppered throughout this story ... a reminder to each of us that one day spent in the shoes of a fellow human being is enough to keep our judgment of others, and their actions, fully in check. A GREAT book for book clubs everywhere!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows their place in Revere, MI, in the 1960's, but those practices are being challenged as the Federal Courts threaten to integrate the schools in the South. A poor white man, nobody's friend, has fallen on his own gun and is found by his 10-year old black neighbor, Critter, shot and bleeding. Critter drives him 30 miles in his father's rickety old truck to the only hospital in the town and right up to the "blacks only" entrance, because he knows he will get no attention at the other entrance and might even find himself in big trouble. He is quickly sent to that entrance, however, as noone at the rear entrance has the nerve to touch a white man, much less move him and treat his wounds. At the front entrance, Critter is met with all the attention. Only when Dr. Connelly, the son of the owner of this private hospital, notices Critter and his passenger does anything happen, and then Critter is mostly shoved aside - even though he wants to tell them that something doesn't seem right. Dr. Connelly's wife is perfect, his home is regularly featured in the local newspaper, and his father is a much-admired Congressman and highly-vocal segregationist as well as owner of the private hospital that serves Revere. With the government threatening integration of the schools and government funds going towards the building of a local public hospital, the Connelly family is feeling the threat of change, and Papa Connelly wants none of it. Dr. Reese Jackson and his wife, Deany, live in a beautiful big home, though not as big as Dr. Connelly's, on their side of town and just next door to her best friend, Melba. Melba, used to have other kinds of clients, but now she has a sign outside her little cottage advertising her business as a spiritualist. With her blue eyes and flaming hair she doesn't seem to fit in, but nobody's asking which part of town she really belongs in. Then the poor white man unexpectedly dies and suddenly some of those unexplained questions start to come out. Shots ring out and people on both sides of issues are targets. And as lives are turned upside down we learn more about all the individuals we thought we knew and might be surprised at who they really are.
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The characters were colorful and vivid. The secrets of each character kept me turning the pages.
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senated More than 1 year ago
A believable and intriguing story that brings into question the "modernization" of the south in the 1960's as it pertains to race, education, social mores, and even medical ethics. Easy to read and easy to follow with interesting yet uncomplicated characters.
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prettybrowneyes More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I limit myself to a certain number of Southern fiction books, but this novel was a four-star read. The reason I gave it four stars was because the plot was really catchy, but the exterior background in the story was a little off the edge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unable to open this book and read it.