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Set in the summer of 1963, innocent Georgia has become absorbed in the mysteries of life, religion and boys, not necessarily in that order. All too soon, she discovers that what she's taken for concrete truths may be anything but true or concrete.
And as a nation awakens to the ugly reality of war and assassination, Georgia discovers her own voice, and with it her right to fight for her beliefs - whether it be the need to provide a home for a litter of orphaned kittens, or a home for an abandoned young man. Threaded throughout the story are Diane Munier's trademark themes of the enduring power of unconditional love (a grandmother's devotion to her motherless granddaughter), the power of passion (whether it be in a generation's protest of an undeclared, futile war, or Georgia and Ethan, steadfast in their love), and the need for redemption (a young man offering up his life for his country in hope of mitigating his own sins).
More than a coming of age story, Darnay Road is a treasure map that leads its readers to love.
Set in the 1960s, the book is divided into three parts, covering specific portions of young Georgia Christine's life. So we see her at ten, fourteen and then 17-18. We see EC, or Easy, and how his presence and absence affects things.
There are certain things that I absolutely loved about this story. First of all, the first part of the book is just the most endearing and funny thing I've read in a long while. The excitement, the wonder and the adventure of being a kid comes through so beautifully.
Secondly, the development of the characters... Not just Georgia, but Easy, Abigail, Cap, Granma... It's excellent. We only get Georgia's point of view, but it's clear how the other characters also grow through time. Each character is very real. Their reactions to situations are real.
Thirdly, the engagement with questions of belief and morality... It's an underlying thread running through the book, that is just a subtle presence that very effectively highlights not just Georgia's specific beliefs at different points in time, but also a larger growing social disenchantment.
There's just so much more I could go on about. Georgia's relationship with her father; Easy's relation with his. The backdrop of a particular political and social environment. Just the way the teenage years have been dealt with. The way that this is a story about love, rather than a love story, though each section of the book actually takes up with Easy's appearances in Georgia's life.
This is a book I hope many people read. It's a book I want on my bookshelf, and that I would like to gift to many people.
Diane's books don't take to a fantasy world. They take me to somewhere I've been before or somewhere that once was and her descriptions are so vivid you become lost in them. I took my time reading this one because I didn't want it to end. I laughed and cried over and over. It's simply a wonderful book.
Now I'm off to start My Wounded Soldier!
I think I'll re-read Finding My Thunder now.