Award-winning author of The Otherness Factor takes us to Detroit during the turbulence of the Sixties. Detroit,––July 25, 1967, two days after Detroit cops raid a blind pig (speakeasy) inciting the biggest race riot in American history. Maggie Soulier wakes to a deejay's cry for 'anyone left in the city' to hustle pop to police sweltering at highway checkpoints leading intAward-winning author of The Otherness Factor takes us to Detroit during the turbulence of the Sixties. Detroit,––July 25, 1967, two days after Detroit cops raid a blind pig (speakeasy) inciting the biggest race riot in American history. Maggie Soulier wakes to a deejay's cry for 'anyone left in the city' to hustle pop to police sweltering at highway checkpoints leading into the firestorm. Maggie's not a hippie chick looking for a cause, she's the daughter of notorious French Canadian secessionist radicals who disappeared without a trace. A grad student on a visa, Maggie covers absences at a pizzeria to support her stateside civil rights work. Delivering soft drinks to keep armed men from having a meltdown sounded simple. That was before she met Sam Tervo on the wrong side of a gun––before she offered him a Coke, before shared laughter ricocheted against shrieking sirens and a darkening sky. Sam, a fierce human rights advocate, thinks he's being targeted by mafia types who want something; the question is what. More and more he relies on his friend Clyde Webster, a black civil rights leader and Maggie's co-worker, to guide him through this underworld. Cold sober in the ash, soot and rubble, Clyde pulls together The Eights: eight working-poor, part-time activists, to curb white flight and integrate the burbs. Maggie and Sam, the token whites. With the intrigue, corruption, brutality and bigotry, Maggie, Sam, Clyde and The Eights experience the love, laughter, irony and self-reflection of blacks and whites redefining friendship and transforming the world with pocket change....
|Title||:||If the Moon Had Willow Trees (The Detroit Eight #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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If the Moon Had Willow Trees (The Detroit Eight #1) Reviews
Courageous Maggie dives right into the aftermath of the riots and meets the love of her life who, together, connect with civil rights activists. Of course this scenario drew me in! The main characters are very real and I befriended them all. An added element of Maggie's family history added the suspense. I can't wait for Book 2!
It is July, 1967 and inner Detroit is burning. A gutsy young brunette named Maggie delivers sodas to police manning the barricades, and along the way, she meets Sam. "Shaking, released from the tension of her absurd mission, Maggie wants to hold onto the moment, turning it into a poem, an ode, a prayer."It is with this background that two graduate students at Wayne State University who are civil rights activists become the "token, but highly valued whites" in the otherwise black "The Eights." Intrigue, the Mafia and, and maybe even J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI are all part of the tangled background of this novel, along with the long-ago disappearance of Maggie's French Canadian parents.Hall excels as writing natural conversation and witty banter between and among friends and family. Even the minor characters seem real and are well developed. Loretta, one of The Eight and a black beautician, gives a spontaneous, inspired speech to students at Wayne State on the day of Martin Luther King's assassination in April, 1968. The tale has scattered topical references to brand names, well-known people of the day, and literary allusions as well; however, not knowing the references will not detract from the reader's enjoyment of If the Moon Had Willow Trees.The book has a dramatic ending—which is also a beginning. Hall intends to continue the story of Maggie and Sam in a forthcoming book.by Judith Helburnfor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by, for, and about women
Loved this glimpse of my hometown, Detroit, during the riots, and the rich portrayal of a group of multi-cultural civil rights activists. Looking forward to the next book in the series!