U.S.A. / 2017
A beautiful debut novel about a black family's generational legacy in New Orleans. This is a homey book with a lot of heart. The story is told so well. Sexton navigates through time and viewpoints so effortlessly. A young and naive woman named Evelyn's choice to wed a controversial guy trickles down to her daughter and then her grandchildren, showing how our own selfish desires can impact our future children. Kirkus Reviews called this book "A multigenerational exploration of systemic racism in America." But to me this books feels more about how the choice to love someone has lasting repurcussions. I really liked this book a lot. It's subtle and succinctly written.
Sexton handles sweeping ideas in personal, intimate narratives. I especially loved to see the way that women were portrayed. It was robust and heartbreaking—it all feel too real. I give this one 4.5/5. I think it left some info out and ended kind of abruptly—even though the ending was perfect. Read this book!