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History through the eyes of a child,
This review is from: Dogland (Mass Market Paperback)
I got this book free from Tor.com several years ago, thinking that it was either a fantasy or sci-fi. I was surprised to find that it is closer to literary fiction than either of those, although there is a touch of magic realism.
The story is set in Florida in the 1950s, with segregation in full swing. The narrator, Chris Nix, is a boy too young for kindergarten at the beginning of the story. He's been raised by parents who taught him that all people are individuals of worth, and that's how he interacts with them rather than looking at their skin color. This idea is the overarching theme of this book.
Dogland is well-written and enjoyable. At key points in the story, the narrator includes some historical events to keep the reader grounded in history. Seeing a time in history full of turmoil and change through the eyes of a young child is fascinating. The denouement involves a dream sequence that ties up the story with a personal sacrifice and redemption of a flawed character.