Friday, March 13, 2020

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor - OPTIONAL

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (Logans, #8) by Mildred D. Taylor, 483 pages.  Viking (Penguin), 2020.  $20.  

Content: Language: PG-13 (17 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.  



This book begins during World War II and Cassie Logan’s brothers have been drafted into the war.  The irony of the two Logan brothers fighting for freedom in other countries, when they don’t have their own freedom living as African Americans in the South, is not lost on the Logan family.  The book follows Cassie and her family as they make the Great Migration North (while their parents stay in Mississippi) and Cassie becomes a lawyer and becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement.  A lot of social and racial injustices are explored, and Cassie and her family stay close together and maintain their love for each other.  

Cassie is in her twenties throughout most of the book and as much as the other Logan books in the series have a kid feel, this book is more about adult characters, situations and decisions.  There are a lot of characters to keep track of and many past stories from the myriad of eight books in the series that are mentioned or that affect this storyline.  The ending isn’t satisfying as there are parts of the story that felt unfinished.  I loved all the history in the book, and it is a chronicle of many racial injustices that spanned this period.  The author uses the ‘n’ word and the author explains why she included that.  The content includes sexual harassment and beatings.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson

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