Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Warning: This book contains language that may be objectionable, even if it is historically accurate.
Orbie is a young boy growing up in Detroit. He is often bullied and he has very prejudiced ideas.
Orbie's father is killed. A short time later Orbie's mom marries the man who was his father's boss. Orbie doesn't like him. He has good reason. Orbie's new stepfather Victor is very abusive. He is physically abusive and molesting Orbie's sister. Victor doesn't like Orbie. He decides they are moving to Florida and he doesn't want to take Orbie with them. They drop him off at his mother's parent's house. Orbie feels deserted for good reason. He soon learns how prejudiced he was raised and that his grandparents truly do want the best for him. This is a realistic look at life in the early 1950's. The pacing is great. You don' t have a problem and then a sudden solution. It moves gradually so that everything flows smoothly and naturally. I would recommend this to people who love those coming of age stories set in a time period before most of us were born. I would warn that because of the time period there is the use of the "n" word, as well as other coarse language. The author did a great job with bringing everything to a VERY satisfying ending.