I’m judicious with 5 star (beer in my case) ratings, but this was a no brainer.
Lyndsay Faye has written a meticulously researched, intriguing, heart-wrenching novel that doesn’t shy away from our country’s difficult past. Narrated by “Nobody,” a grifter who can tailor her person to the situation/society group, we’re brought along on her (bullet-induced) flight from the Mafia-ridden streets of Harlem out to the unfettered frontier land of Portland, Oregon. When a young boy goes missing from her refuge at the all-black Paragon Hotel, Nobody is thrust into a battle between the races, a fight for what she believes in, and a struggle to escape the horrors of her past.
I straight up devoured this novel. Faye’s character development in this novel is effortless, and Blossom and Nobody are women that I lived with while reading this book. The incorporation of horrifying real-life quotations from documents, newspapers and people of the time consistently remind readers that everything on these fictional pages are grounded in the very real, very visceral past of our country.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Can not wait to give copies to this historical fiction fans in my life.
I received this book from NetGalley - courtesy of Penguin Random House - in exchange for an honest review.