- File Size: 2548 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: BGD Press, Inc. (April 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WVUKNEU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Ava, her husband, elder sister, and parents live together in a house that has fallen into disrepair & is situated in a predominantly Black community in Philadelphia. A traumatic event that occurred in the 1950s & the consequences of it inhabits Ava. Words left unspoken clings to all who live in the house. They [the words] have formed layers and are weighing all down. They do not move about through life freely.
The cultural center of this community is the church -- Congregation of Blessed Chapel. At the behest of its pastor, the congregation terrorizes Ava & family. The story not only takes place in the 1970s, but chapters are devoted to action that took place in the 1950s as well. This allows us to gain greater insight into why the congregation harasses Ava & family in the 1970s, we gain a better understanding of who Ava used to be, and who her family members actually are. The traumatic event is recounted as well.
The arrival of a woman to their house, during the 1970s, will lead to transformations. Will lead to words that were left unspoken to be spoken. Will lead to a discovery. Ava will transition from a woman devoid of joy & whose selfhood was forgotten and lost 17 years prior to a woman who, once again, has no fear of falling.
The Summer We Got Free spans 3 different decades -- the 1950s, 1970s, & 1980s. Each chapter consists of multiple points of view (POV). The role that religion plays in the black community is examined.
McKenzie has produced true art, and we can only hope to hear more from this author in the future.
As I was reading it, I felt part of this universe, in the streets, in the house, in the rooms, watching those people slowly awaken to themselves. Maybe it is because owning oneself is a struggle we all share, or maybe it is the comforting warmth of family, but this book has a realness to it, a certain quality that draws you in, and you find yourself 10 stops past yours, or fighting the night to get a little more in, just a little more.
Maybe more than anything, what makes it real is that those characters are human. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their doubts, fears, hopes, dreams and joys. In their regrets, in their fights, in their strength and their tears, they are human.
I highly recommend it.
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