Friday, December 4, 2015

Forsaken by Ross Howell, Jr.

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This book was the story of Virginia Christian, the youngest African American female to be executed. Virginia Christian was put on trial and then found guilty of  killing the white woman for whom she did laundry. A white reporter named Charlie Mears covered the story. This story takes place from his perspective.   Virgie was only 17 when she was executed in Virginia’s electric chair. They waited until the day after she turned 17 to perform the execution. The author used actual court documents, actual stories from the newspaper to tell this story.

There was so much tension throughout the book. My initial reaction was shock that they would just decide she deserved to die because she was African American. This is an eye opener whe it comes to showing the lopsided rules and laws when it came to dealing with African Americans

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy anytime we can take a look back in time and what really happened. I definitely will recommend this book to those I know enjoy reading historical fiction.  You must read the book then truthfully ask yourself has much really changed today?

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