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Visual Liberties (Freedom Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 10, 2015
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Alec Clayton was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He grew up fishing the bayous of South Mississippi where this story is set. He now lives in Olympia, Washington and writes on art and theater for area publications.
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So many characters appear in these three books. Because they interact with intensity, strife, affection and humor, each becomes memorable in some unique way. That’s what makes them memorable, I suppose: they’re unique folks and carefully developed. Now that’s not easy to pull off, especially when decades pass before the reader’s eyes. What I mean is, keeping track of the cast of characters isn’t a chore for the reader, which can sometimes occur in continuing sagas. Not here, however. No, not in Freedom, Mississippi!
Clayton obviously has a strong command of art history and the contributions that have been made by scores of his favorite modern day painters. Not being an artist myself, I found his insights educational. However, even more enlightening for me—a lifelong Yankee—I have been given a new appreciation for the South with this trilogy. (And frankly, I have needed that appreciation after recent current events.)
What I found unexpectedly new about this third book was the element of mystery, and the treatment of a critical social issue. I can’t say much more without giving these story elements away—so I won’t—other than “well done!”
Visual Liberties was a great delight for me. And as I said, I’m truly sad to say good-bye to Clayton’s wonderful characters.
Having attended many book readings in the Seattle area, this one really was special. Why? In large measure due to the enthusiastic delivery by the readers. That’s a really good sign for a book! They loved their reader parts, and it was clear that they think very highly of Mr. Clayton.
Well, we couldn’t leave the reading without purchasing our books, talking in person to the author (a delightful man), and getting our books autographed. However, once home, my reading was postponed due to a very busy holiday season.
I just now finished Visual Liberties and have been taken back to that very special reading. As a political activist I found the book to have thoughtful inclusion of critical issues of the day including lesbian partnerships, African American issues (relating not just to the south), bullying and campus rape. Nice going Mr. Clayton! You’re very much on top of it, hitting a sweet spot that encompasses both social commentary and pure entertainment!
Visual Liberties is both a page turner and a cozy read, as well as being wonderfully dialogue–driven in many scenes. The character development is truly creative; fun! I really liked this novel and give it five stars. I hope to plan my next visit to Olympia to coincide with a reading for one of this author’s other books.
Grounded in Clayton's familiar world of Freedom, Mississippi, Clayton's latest novel sparkles with finely observed insight, sharp wit and complicated relationships.
Clayton has a gift for writing funny scenes, interesting quirky characters and realistic dialogue. I enjoyed this book quite a bit.