Jackson, Linda Midnight Without a Moon, 308 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. $16.99. Language: (19 swears, 0 “f”, As part of the historical setting and time frame there were many references to the N word) Mature Content: PG 13; Violence: PG 13.
Thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter lives in Mississippi in 1955. She lives with her grandparents who keep her in the cotton fields instead of school. The murders of young black men are being ignored by the white police, and judicial system. Should Rosa stay and fight for change, or move north to get away from it all.
The book moved slow, and at times, lacked a clear direction. There were many subplots, perhaps too many to keep the main plot important. The ending was a missed opportunity to end big. Most characters, after 300 pages, were in the same station of life as when they started. Nothing had changed.
MS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: KG