not read Out of Darkness in public unless you’re okay
with ugly-crying in front of people. Brace yourself for
a read that is both beautiful and gut-wrenching. The
story opens with the 1937 school explosion in New
London, Texas, and then backtracks to the fall of 1936.
Fifteen-year-old Naomi has just moved to New London with
her two half-siblings and their father. As a
Mexican-American, Naomi struggles to fit into the
racially divided town. Her only friend is Wash, an
African-American teen. Their love grows in the secrecy
of the woods, but can it thrive amidst hatred, violence,
and mounting tensions?
|SUBJECTS: African Americans -- Fiction.
Explosions -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
New London (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.