Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book Review: Freshwater Road

Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas is such a beautiful book  This is a wonderful coming of age story. It starts with a young college students experiences in Missippi freedom summer back in 1964. This is such a powerful story and one I didn't expect I would enjoy so much. I have not read many historical fiction books but this is a can't miss. 

This book centers around nonviolence during the civil rights movement. The author does such a great job at giving readers an in-depth look at the sense of oppression back then. You can really feel the fear, the worry, and all the strength. 

Our name character is a woman named Celeste Tyree. She starts working in a town called Pineyville. This seems good until you learn that just a few years ago, a lynching occurred. Violence is real in this town, and frankly, at that time, it was really almost everywhere in the south. The character sense of understanding white on black crime was very moving. 

The danger comes to a climax when Goodman Schwerner and Chaney get found to have died. While the book does contain real danger and a bit of violence this book is about nonviolence. The power of a movement. One that overcomes unspeakable adversity. The story is a fantastic reminder of the power of the civil rights movement and how people can change the world. This book has a great mix of both tragedy and strength. 

The book isn't just about the civil rights movement, although that is the predominant topic. The main character also reflects on powerful family issues, and overall life struggles. 

This is a great fictional account of life inside the civil rights movement. I highly recommend this book to any reader that enjoys historical fiction. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I certainly hope you will check it out.

I received this book for free from Agate Publishing  in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.  Be sure to check out Agate Publishing for more fantastic titles. 

Goodreads Description: 
When University of Michigan sophomore Celeste Tyree travels to Mississippi to volunteer her efforts in Freedom Summer, she's assigned to help register voters in the small town of Pineyville, a place best known for a notorious lynching that occurred only a few years earlier.

As the long, hot summer unfolds, Celeste befriends several members of the community, but there are also those who are threatened by her and the change that her presence in the South represents. Finding inner strength as she helps lift the veil of oppression and learns valuable lessons about race, social change, and violence, Celeste prepares her adult students for their showdown with the county registrar. All the while, she struggles with loneliness, a worried father in Detroit, and her burgeoning feelings for Ed Jolivette, a young man also in Mississippi for the summer. 

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