Manipulation. I did not read Attica Locke’s 2009 debut novel titled, Black Water Rising, but now that I have read her second novel featuring protagonist Jay Porter, I may go back and read the first novel. Locke’s novel, Pleasantville, describes a community in north Houston where blacks are striving to succeed. Locke presents a large cast of characters and families, drawing readers into schemes of manipulation and self-dealing. Along the way, readers will enjoy finely written prose, great dialogue and an engaging plot. Readers who enjoy a well-told story with wise insight into local politics are those most likely to enjoy reading this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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