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- Language: : English
- Publication date : April 15, 2019
- File size : 1918 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 247 pages
- ASIN : B07PP5K4D8
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1092244557
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #471,142 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A. Robert Allen does a great job capturing the spirit of the age and the unfortunate prejudiced that it contained. Historically accurate, this work of fiction interweaves fact with the story that unfolds.
I really enjoyed reading this book, although the subject was not a light one. Still, it helps the reader walk in shoes other than their own... something that I feel we all could benefit from.
The only criticism I have of Living in the Middle is that I predicted the fate of one of the semi-main characters.
I highly recommend this story for those that enjoy fiction based on facts.
In this book we are introduced to Jimmy Montgomery, whose discovery of his true identity leads him on a journey to both his past and future. The destination turns out to be the Black Wall Street district of Tulsa, Oklahoma known as Greenwood. The story covers a period of time leading up to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
Allen is a phenomenal storyteller and historian and does an excellent job of blending fact and fiction. My only complaint with this book is that it didn’t seem long enough. The sections on the direct incident that caused the riot and the actual riot itself, seemed rushed to me. I really wish we could have spent more time on these areas.
These books do an amazing job of presenting black History that really isn’t too far from the truth. I highly recommend this entire series.
LIVING IN THE MIDDLE:
With his father gone, Jimmy had nothing left in New York. Shunned by the woman he knew as his mother and unsure of who he was since speaking to his father’s long-time friend, Benjamin. After college, having learned a little of who he is and unhappy with the open discrimination he encountered while at Columbia, Jimmy makes a decision to set off to find his roots and his real mother in Oklahoma. He is tired of living in the middle and passing as someone he’s not. He has to make a decision; either stand down or help organize and fight for what is right. Fight the hatred coming from the other side of the tracks. A historically accurate telling of events in Tulsa and Greenwood with some wonderfully created fictional characters -leading to the June 1,1921, riots and beyond.
Prequel: TICKET TO TULSA
~ At thirty-five, James Montgomery was way past his prime and should have settled down long ago. After his mother and father unexpectedly pass, he is left to fend for himself and with much less than he expected. There was no inheritance. There are no millions. Instead, he’s forced to sell the family home and learn to live a modest life with what little he has left. He decides to invest almost all of his money on land in Tulsa, he was told is rich in oil. Having nothing to lose, he sets off to Oklahoma. What he discovers in Tulsa is more than he expected.
The heart of “Living in the Middle” centers on biracial identity issues and racial differences. Jimmy Montgomery is the main character in the story and he strikes every emotional chord from the first chapter to the last. He struggles with identifying to whites versus blacks based on the color of his skin while questioning where he truly belongs. Lies from Jimmy’s past cause him to confront various situations in an attempt to be accepted in society rather than rejected.
A. Robert Allen writes a powerful novel blending both fictional and non-fictional characters in the story with many untold historical facts from the past. The seamless transition between fact and fiction speaks to the author’s writing style and talent to craft a well-developed historical fiction novel leaving the reader pondering over the outcome way beyond the end. He is an author I will continue to keep on my radar for future great works. This is one of his “must reads”.
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He asked me to read this book in advance to publication.
I am pleased to say this is another great read in the Slavery and Beyond series.
As a British woman I know very little about black history and the more I read of this book I realised that this was not a book of total fiction. I’m ashamed to say, I had never heard of the Tulsa race riot.
Most of the main characters are fictitious but the historical figures are there too.
We follow the life of Jimmy Montgomery. Who, out of the blue, discovers that his mother is black. Having been raised as a white boy, this comes as a huge shock. What follows his him trying to decide whether he is black or white. He goes in search of the mother he never knew and in doing so his life becomes tumultuous.
Everyone should read this book. It really opened my eyes to the abhorrent behaviour the whites wrought on the blacks.
Well done on another amazing read.
Inciteful, tender, but graphic, I read this book in 2 afternoons.
I found the main character, Jimmy, to be quite endearing and believable. The title of this book is, of course, about Jimmy, and the struggles that he; a mixed race person with deceptively light skin, and others like him, went through during this period. The horrors committed by the KKK are illustrated quite vividly, and their part in the death and destruction of the riots; the effects which were far reaching and long lasting. This book gave me a fresh understanding of what it was like to be an African American person in the early 1900's. I highly recommend this book.
Allen vividly describes Oklahoma in the early 1920’s and the struggles of the Negro population to gain equality, and realistically personalises some of Greenwood’s founders and leaders. He skillfully highlights the huge divide that continued to exist at that time between black and white, and the illogical hatred of KKK. His portrayal of the Klan was detailed, clearly demonstrating Allen’s commitment to historical accuracy and his research into this dark period of American history. The atrocities inflicted by the Klan on Greenwood and its residents is evil. Allen takes this bloody and violent period of history and weaves it into a beautifully crafted novel that leaves the reader hardly able to comprehend the inhumanity of the Klan and its supporters at that time. How could one group hold such rage and hatred for another? But then the reader turns on the news realises that in many ways very little has changed today.