Pacific Avenue

Pacific Avenue

by Anne L. Watson


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ISBN-13: 9781620355329
Publisher: Shepard Publications
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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Pacific Avenue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
auntmarge64 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Although told within the first-person accounts of two women who live in San Pedro, California, the bulk of the story takes place in Louisiana. In 1974, a young white woman, Kathy, arrives by bus in California with little money, no friends, and no hope. She takes a secretarial job at a small construction company and, unknown to her, piques the curiosity of the other secretary, a middle-aged black woman, Lacey, whose own daughter has just left for college. The story is told in first-person by both women in the present (1974) and by Kathy in recollections of the past two years. She is obviously running from the memory of something, and the tension grips the reader early. Slowly Lacey's discoveries and Kathy's memories come together to give the reader the solution, and it is worth the wait. Until the middle of the book I was thinking this would be a 4 star effort, but then it got bogged down in too much everyday detail of the situation in the past. The detail could actually be interesting, but it feels out of place in the middle of a suspense novel. However, the question of what exactly happened finally starts to be clear, and many loose ends are cleared up. Recommended, but you'll probably skim the middle as I did.
CharBrown More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Touches on racism and PTSD before that term was coined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be captivating. Pacific Avenue is so raw in its emotions, it was as if the author was writing her own story. I had to keep reminding my self this was a piece of fiction. It is not a predictable story in any way. Each new page captures you and leads you to the next. I had to keep reminding myself this was a fiction. It is not a predictable story in anyway. Each new page capture you and leads you to the next page. This book has some scarred figures and will take you on an emotional ride. Richard, the young African American college student, just back from Viet Nam. He is estranged from his family, and his nights are filled with the horrors he experience during the war. Even during the days he is haunted. Kathy, is a young white college student whom her mother never liked. Kathy never could measure up to her mother's standards. She was taught that it did not matter what th color of a person's skin was. She begins a relationship with Richard and invites him to dinner at her parents house. Her mother did not seem pleased, but her father accepted him. To her mother racism becomes prevalent. They continue to date and eventually become lovers. Kathy invites Richard to share in her family Thanksgiing dinner. Everything was fine until Richard hears a loud crash from the window shutters. He automatically dives under the dinner table,the food that was there falls to to the floor as well. Kathy's mother is appaled by his behavior. While Richard is trying to clean up his clothes, it is her sister's finance Sam, that comes to Richards defense, and tris to make family members understand Richard's behavior. This book shows us the dynamics of a generation that is just beginning to step out of the mold that has plagued both black and whites in this nation. It is a story of love that two people share. One black and one white. Kathy and Richard quit school, and leave from Baton Rouge to New Orlens. They are hoping that there they will be accepted as a couple. For a short perioe life is great. They had the freedom they had sought. They have made new friends and found new jobs. Life was hard but they were making it together. Yet it was also the beginning of Richard's descent. It becomes hard for him to tell reality from his days in Viet Nam. Eventually, they part, but not for reasons anyone who is reading this may thing. It is where they find true tragedy. Kathy jumps on the first bus leaving. She is running away from her past, and the events that have destroyed her world. She arrives in San Pedro, California not knowing what she will do. She is a young woman who is mourning her loss. Her pain will not go away, and she does not know how to pick up the pieces and begin a new life. How she does it is her story, the story of Pacific Avenue. The author has sought to entertain you and to keep your attention focus on the book. She has done so untl the last page. Five stars Anne as this book is an excellent read for all.