My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the first few pages, the author weaves such intricate details around her characters that Jason Lee Rainey’s uncluttered voice, Uncle Mook’s quirky personality and Mama’s courage as well as all the other endearing Southern folk quickly become the only voices in my head, immediately transporting me to another time.
A time best forgotten—doused with the injustice of segregation suffered by a timid people who deserved wings; a time cursed by the Vietnam War responsible for the loss of so many sons and fathers, husbands and fiancés. A time best remembered for the formidable sacrifices that made change possible.
Even though my own youth during these years is cosseted and so diametrically the opposite of J.L’s life, Klann-Moren’s window in time is so well polished, her words such bold strokes of color, even her repeating moments like the parade of funerals keeping beat with the The Clock of Life, you can’t help but be drawn in and forgive how the peek into J.L.’s life is just a peek. The tempo and the pace are good, and though many questions remain, this is the significance of a window, to glimpse a limited view of time in order to gain a perspective of someone’s life.