Review by Leila Green
A Kind of Freedom tells the story of a black family in New Orleans and their tragic generational legacy. The young and naive protagonist, Evelyn, chooses to marry a controversial man in the 1940s. The aftermath of this choice trickles down to her daughter's life and then to her grandchildren's lives, showing how self-interested desires can haunt for generations. Kirkus Reviews called this book "A multigenerational exploration of systemic racism in America." But to me this book is more about how the choice to love someone has lasting repercussions. I really liked this book a lot. It is subtle and succinctly written. Sexton handles sweeping ideas in personal, intimate narratives. The story was robust and heartbreaking—it all felt too real. I give this one 4.5/5. I think it left some information out and ended kind of abruptly—even though the ending was perfect. Read this book!