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- Pat Cunningham Devoto's most recent novel, Out of the Night That Covers Me (0-446-52751-3, Warner hard-cover, 1/01), has over 60,000 copies in combined print and was highly praised in the New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World, among other publications. - My Last Days as Roy Rogers (0-446-52388-7, Warner hardcover, 1/99). Devoto's notable debut, receiv- Pat Cunningham Devoto's most recent novel, Out of the Night That Covers Me (0-446-52751-3, Warner hard-cover, 1/01), has over 60,000 copies in combined print and was highly praised in the New York Times Book Review and Washington Post Book World, among other publications. - My Last Days as Roy Rogers (0-446-52388-7, Warner hardcover, 1/99). Devoto's notable debut, received widespread praise in the Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Kirkus Reviews, among other publications. - Born and raised in North Alabama, Pat Cunningham Devoto taps into her personal experiences and memories of growing up in the changing South to infuse The Summer We Got Saved with astonishing honesty and poignancy....

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ISBN : 9780446697156
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The Summer We Got Saved Reviews

  • Frances Scott
    2019-06-10 21:15

    I am fascinated by this subject matter and I truly wanted to love this book. I did like it for the most part (which is a 3-star rating, by definition), but it had some shortcomings that really detracted from its overall quality, in my opinion. The author, who is a native of the region, is courageous in turning a rather unflinching eye on the racism that was rampant and embedded in the culture at that pivotal time and she tries to convey a “winds of change” atmosphere. Clearly, the reader is meant to see a positive transformation in the characters’ attitudes toward race through their own personal experiences, but I thought the evidence was rather scanty that the characters had truly grown to internalize the fallacy of racism. I’m not convinced that this recognition had actually sunk in on anything but a superficial level. I felt that Aunt Eugenia was a little stereotypical, almost cartoonish, as an enlightened former Southerner-turned-Californian. I was not convinced that the lessons learned at Highland Folk School actually “took” on Tab and Tina. I was encouraged by Charles, who worked hard to campaign for a candidate opposing the extremely racist George Wallace, and it was very interesting how the author wove in the sad tale of the actual Wallace opponent being killed in a plane crash. The author also does a decent job of portraying the fear and resistance that some blacks felt about integration – it was a surprise to me to discover that many would have preferred leaving things separate. However, this is entirely consistent with human nature – many people simply fear and abhor change. I found the ending unsatisfactory – it felt unfinished, somehow, like it’s crying out for a sequel – and it was sometimes difficult to switch between the two or three separate story lines. I was hoping for a more graceful convergence of the stories, but it really never happened for me. I would have loved to see a reunion between Maudie and Tab, who knew each other at a much earlier point in their lives, but it didn’t happen. Another troubling issue was the inexplicable marriage between Jessie and his wife, Carlie. They were married but never interacted, and Jessie (the dad) seemed to have full charge of their son, JD. And he fell in love with Maudie. The whole time I’m thinking,“What the hell? Isn’t this guy married to Carlie?” That needed more explanation, in my opinion. All of this being said, though, I did enjoy reading it for the historical perspective – learning about that election and the Highland Folk School, if nothing else.

  • Kathy McC
    2019-05-23 00:10

    This is a historic fiction novel about a variety of people living during in the South in the 1960s. It is a story about the civil rights movement, the difficulty of change, and families and friends finding their own way amid the tumult. It also serves as a stark reminder of how things once were and just how far we have come because of the efforts of all those involved in that movement. It is realistic and well researched. The characters are believeable and portray the gamut of emotions and ideas that came with those times. "There aren't even any buses here for them to sit in the front of. "We're going as fast as we can and still maintain some kind of sanity. There are limits and we're doing the best that we can given the circumstances." Tina and Tab are members of a southern family whose ancestors had plantations and fought in the Civil War. One of their ancestors was a founding member of the KKK. They are caught between the ideologies they have always known, and the waves of change shown them by the liberal aunt who moved from the south years ago, Eugenia. "I'll never diown the family that died for me. I won't forget, even if Yankee Aunt Eugenia does." She lies to the girls' parents, and takes them out on the road to an area of Tennessee where integration has a foothold. Added to the mix is Maudie, a young "colored" woman. She was afflicted with polio and because of her race has spent years in a sanitorium to heal. Through pure determination, she gains an education and becomes involved in the fight for equality by teaching classes to would-be African American voters. The prose is marvelous with many phrases that cause the reader to pause for a moment and remember those times. "Why are people always wanting to come down here and help us our? The last time they wanted to change how we do things, half the south ended up being burned down." "Miss Viola picked up her cards. 'And you think you gonna get me out to vote in amongst them crazy white folks? You ain't friends with no fool." "People are planning ways to integrate their towns when they go back home. You have the power to do whatever it is you want to do. Oh, and it's the new thing to say 'black man' instead of 'colored'. It is the pitiful white heritage that caused the whole thing." "But integration is against the law because.... because it is. I didn't make the laws. They were here before I was born."

  • Ginny
    2019-06-13 18:28

    I found this to be a good read. In our current political climate I find myself reading books that pertain to racism in the USA whether they be non-fiction or non- fiction. This book added to my knowledge as a person who was raised in the Northeast as the battle for civil rights raged. I was neither bored nor confused. Given the racial tension and segregation of the time, it made sense that people of different races would be living parallel lives within proximity of each other and yet never meet except by chance. I liked the book and wish I had read "My Last Days As Roy Rogers" first and been introduced to Tab and Maudie before Audie got polio.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-16 16:29

    Lovely nostalgic cover. Exceptionally compelling synopsis. Historically relevant subject matter. Delivery, on the other hand, didn't measure up. It's choppy, over-reaching, and hither-and-yon chaotic. Plus the characters came across as two-dimensional with inconsistencies in dialogue and mannerisms. At least, that was my impression of the book.After three earnest attempts to finish, I finally closed this lovely-jacketed book just shy of midway. I'll donate this to my local Friends of The Library Bookstore. Perhaps another person may find this to be their next great read.

  • Gail Johnson
    2019-06-16 21:22

    I enjoyed this was written by a local author (we went to school with her brother and sister) and the setting is a fictional version of my hometown. Also, it dealt with so many of the issues that I dealt with growing up in a time of great change in this country. It was interesting to look back on it from this perspective.

  • Robyn Owens
    2019-06-07 18:13

    1960s integration story set in Bainbridge, Alabama and The Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. Tab and her sister go with their aunt to stay at a school where volunteers are trained in peaceful protesting.

  • Kay Carman
    2019-05-16 23:32

    Quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read. Exquisite writing. Set around 1960, the three main characters are front-row spectators to the Civil Rights movement. Charles, a middle-aged man whose family roots run deep into the segregated and bigoted soil of the traditional South, knows change is afoot and welcomes it. He becomes involved in the campaign of a man running for governor against Wallace, a man whose supporters hope will become the first New South governor of Alabama. His young teen daughter, Tab, is spirited away by her aunt, who has removed herself from the South and lives in California, taking Tab and her older sister Tina on a road trip to the Highlander Folk School in the hills of central Tennessee, a training ground for social justice. Tab's aunt hopes to broaden the horizons and experiences of her nieces and open their eyes to the failings of their family's ancestry, among whom is a founding member of the Ku Klux Klan.And Maudie, a young black woman, is just grateful to escape the confines of a polio ward in a Tuskegee hospital, even if that means training at Highlander and then being sent to a backwater community church in Alabama to establish a voting school for members of the Word of Truth Missionary Baptist Church.The way DeVoto braids the storylines of these three characters together is masterful and compelling. It's wonderful storytelling told through beautiful writing. One reviewer likened it to To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Linda Toft
    2019-06-05 18:26

    Life in the South at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement was a time of enlightenment, fear, suspicion, unwelcome change, stubbornness and confusion. Through a series of events two young sisters, a young black woman affected by polio and the father of the sisters become involved in the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. The father finds himself questioning the bigoted stand of the people around them and sees a better future for the South if leaders are elected who support integration. The young Black woman finds herself teaching voting registration classes to hesitant members of a small church. The sisters are taken on an eye opening adventure by their progressive thinking aunt. What they all experience and witness change lives, eyes are opened by tragedies and the seeds are planted for the civil rights movement to advance. I loved the characters in this book. It was well written and blended fact with the fiction to the point you could believe these characters were real people.

  • Eric England
    2019-06-04 20:14

    The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto is a solid book. It does a great job capturing the positive and negative attributes of the American South in the 1960s. The author imbues the work with a certain authenticity. The reader can easily see that the author is a native of the region and cares deeply about its people, despite some of their flaws. The characters are very well-developed and readers can feel sympathy for Maudie, Tab, and Charles. The book's structure could have been a little clearer. Telling three stories at once is a great means of showing the complexity of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. However, the execution was a little off-balance. It seemed as if the stories stopped and started too much without gaining momentum. Additionally, the writing did not have some of the poetry of the great southern writers like Faulkner, Harper Lee, and Robert Penn Warren. While the story did not really require that poetry, it is one of the things that makes Southern fiction really stand out.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-06 16:18

    This is the sotry of two white girls living in the segregated south. They spend a summer with their "liberal Berkeley-based" aunt at an integrated camp where the de-segregation movement is flourishing. I found the way this book was written to be confusing, as well as slow. Just as soon as I plodded through the dryness of one section and was starting to involve myself with that sotryline, it was torn away and I found myself having to get through another storyline. In the end, we see how all of the stories are related, but for me it was too late.I was disappointed because I typically love historical fiction from this era...but his novel just did not grab me. I think it did have a lot of potential to be a great story, it just need fewer characters so that each one could achieve some amount of depth.

  • Marleen
    2019-05-24 18:22

    Although I love stories about the South, for some odd reason I couldn’t get into this story for the better part of the book. There was something about the writing that kept me from being drawn in. I truly tried to empathize with the story and characters, but I couldn’t fully warm up to them, nor in the events they found themselves in. Normally I don't have a problem with various storylines running parallel to each other, but here it was rather confusing. I do however admire the author for bringing this theme of ordinary people having a significant role in the civil right movement; people like Maudie for instance, teaching at a voting school for blacks. It was also the first time I read about the Highlander Folk School. Overall, the concept of the book is noteworthy and could have been great, if only I'd been grabbed by the author’s style and approach to the story.

  • Novel Destination
    2019-06-11 16:10

    While others read the author's first two titles about young women coming of age in the South during the 1960's, this is the first title I have read. It is based partially on actual places and incidents. The polio epidemics, Tuskegee, trying to integrate communities and The Highlander Folk School were all interesting parts of the storyline---told from both black and white sides. It is a great reminder that when we decide what is "good for all" may not seem that way to many folks besides the "do-gooder" and that a whole lot of work and discussion will have to be undertaken.

  • Ann
    2019-05-25 00:30

    This book tells the story of the civil rights movement from the perspective of ordinary people.It is based partially on actual places and incidents. The death of Wallace's centrist foe in the election; the polio epidemic and the Highlander Folk School in Tenesee were all included. But, somehow it did not have the power of the biographies and non-fiction accounts that were written about that period.

  • Sally
    2019-05-22 17:14

    First of all, I need to say - do not be put off by this book because of its title. I say this, because I almost was...and what a shame that would've been. This is a wonderful reliving of the 50's/60's, the good and the bad. And obviously, there was a lot of bad. But even in the midst of it all, there was so much hope for change and rebirth of human spirit - which this book shows beautifully.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-07 22:20

    I'm not sure I really gleaned any new information about what it was like to grow up or live during the early part of the Civil Rights movement from this book and it didn't make me care all that much about the main characters, except for maybe Maudie. The structure of the book was distracting, jumping among 3 different, but related stories. I had to force myself to keep plodding through. No, nothing really revelatory here.

  • Abby
    2019-06-03 22:09

    This book follows several individuals during the Civil Rights movement. It provides interesting perspectives from both black and white characters and weaves their lives/stories together fairly well. It provides more of an overview of each life without following through on all of the feelings/emotions each probably would have experienced. Still, I found it to be a good read once I got into it.

  • Priscilla
    2019-05-28 17:14

    I loved this book.The setting is in Bainbridge, Alabama during the 1950's.It was about segregation and how it effected people from different backgrounds. I'm from North Alabama.I'm to young to remember segregation.However, the generation before me, has past their stories of segregation onto me.Pat Cunningham Devoto made me feel those stories.

  • Connie
    2019-05-19 17:08

    I was fascinated by this story of race relations in Alabama and Tennessee during the tumultuous fifties and sixties. I knew nothing of the famous Highlander Folk School that is featured in the book. I have begun researching the School after learning about it.I also plan to read other books by Pat Cunningham Devoto. It was a pleasant surprise to discover Ms. Devoto.

  • Sue
    2019-06-05 18:21

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It's an accurate view of racism in the South in the 60's at the time I was a freshman in college with a black roommate whose family had come from that area. It would make a great movie imho. The characters were believable, the story genuine, and I can't recommend it enough.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-30 16:12

    This summer I studied more about multicultural Education and this book contributed a blanace in the different perspectives people have had and still have about discrimination, segregation, integration, race, diversity, differences & similarities, etc.

  • Jonna
    2019-06-07 19:25

    I loved this book! It has great characters and takes place on the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement. I love how the characters talk about their daily occurrences like I did with my own best friends. The book is very relatable and a lot of fun to read. I highly recommend it.

  • Kw
    2019-05-24 20:09

    Beautiful writing, believable story. I just hated the sad part, though! Wish she'd chosen a different story line at that point.The characters are well-developed and fun to read about, and itwas great to revisit Tab.

  • Brennan LeQuire
    2019-05-25 18:11

    Having grown up in Alabama during the fifties and sixties, I appreciated how accurately this book portrayed that era. Some of the dialogue took me back to family Sunday dinners, with my dad and uncle debating the various views of the day. Pat Cunningham Devoto has nailed it.

  • Anne Dupras
    2019-06-13 21:17

    It took me until about 3/4 through the book for it to finally hook me in. I had a hard time remembering which character was who, which one was white or black.Some good parts, but on the whole, not my favorite.

  • Debbie Maskus
    2019-06-02 21:37

    Read for Southern Voices 7/2006

  • Cindy
    2019-05-29 20:31

    A favorite book set in Sewanee, just down the road a piece!

  • Wendopolis
    2019-06-16 20:17

    This book didn't start out so well, but ultimately it was a good story.

  • Barbara Fontana
    2019-06-12 22:21

    Immediately engaging

  • Susie Baugh
    2019-06-03 00:20

    Had a hard time getting in to it and then wasn't sure about the end!

  • Tamra
    2019-05-26 23:23

    like it