I picked up ‘Jackson’ and was in heaven for the 5 short days it took to read. One of those books that takes you away from your life completely, to another place and time, the South in the late 1960’s. Kudos to Marabito for creating another chapter in the Scout/Kill a Mockingbird timeline. A must must read!
COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
Cindy Marabito's new novel JACKSON compared to Margaret Mitchell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee and Eudora Welty in stunning review.
JACKSON FREE PRESS
Told entirely from the first-person perspective, Jackson is a somewhat triggering and emotional read. The author does a good job of conveying the level of racial hatred and tension that filled the Deep South during the time period. Her love of history is also apparent from the historical landmarks and figures she references throughout the book.
I loved this book. It’s about a family battling addiction and a young girl struggling to keep that family together during the civil rights movement in 1970 which adds another layer of turmoil to this already painful story. Being an east Texas girl myself, I feel the characters were authentic and Ms. Marabito nailed the vernacular and attitudes of this era. It’s not all sad. The love of family and friendship is revealed and shines through. I hope there is a sequel. I would like to know more about Jody’s life.
An incredibly painful book about a painful time in personal and national history.
Although it could have been a quick read, I was forced to set the book aside several times to reflect on Marabito's message and to research some of the events she narrates. I wish we had progressed farther than we have in the nearly 50 years since the Jackson State massacre.
A powerful direct no sugar-coating reminder
This book deserves every star and every positive review that I can possibly give. I was captivated from the first sentence and the intense journey continued until the last word. As I deeply related to the story, it both surfaced a combination of pain, hope, frustration, fear, and the determination to learn from the injustice I witnessed throughout this chapter in our country's history.
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