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I didn't know this book existed until a reviewer at Kirkus Reviews called it one of the most underrated books of the year. Or something like that. Certainly it wasn't on my radar and I listen to 200 books a year. Naturally I went looking for it, because it's my kind of book! I appreciated the author's skill in telling the story--the writing, weaving together so many themes, the structure, etc.--as much as I did the story itself, which got more and more interesting as the book goes on.
It's such a mix: road trip, coming of age for one character and looking back on life for another, the fantastical elements (though this so does not belong in the sci fi category and anyone looking for that should look elsewhere), the civil rights era, being Black in America, family, crime, a bit of a mystery and so on.
Excellent audio performer as well.
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This story feels like it is wandering but when you step back and look at the whole (map/story), it is beautiful. I loved Johnny's tale. I felt sorry for his niece for being bored to death riding around with some ancient man going back and forth digging up treasure. I do think she needed more in the book, but she is 13 dealing with an old man who has no experience with kids. It made sense to me on how that played into Johnny's narrative. I wanted to know more of Reg and Clyde's story (the only part I felt was unsatisfactorily concluded). Meeting The Justice Committee was wonderful and some of the cast felt like real fans who were influenced by their civil rights work. If you lose hope on the book, keep on going. It wraps up quite nicely. Only docking the half star because wandering and the need to view the book from Johnny's skill (fun unique take but took so late in the book to be satisfying I suppose.)
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