Out of Darkness Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?"
New London, Texas, 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful, it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive.
Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion, the worst school disaster in American history, as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 31 minutes|
|Author||Ashley Hope Pérez|
|Narrator||Benita Robledo, Lincoln Hoppe|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 26, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,817 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#26 in History & Culture for Teens
#28 in Teen & Young Adult 20th Century United States Historical Fiction
#30 in Teen Fiction on Racism & Discrimination
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The book is not specifically about that, but rather the struggle of a teenage Mexican girl trying to help raise her younger, half white, half Mexican twin half-siblings in 1930's Texas. The racism she endures is bad enough, but when she and her siblings befriend (and she falls in love with) a smart, enterprising young Black man, and they form their own little family, then the beast of hatred is truly unleashed to devastating ends. The author interweaves her fictional characters' stories with an actual tragedy that happened when a small town school exploded. She unravels the tale by telling it in chapters that are told from the point of view of each of the characters themselves.
I will not waste time with a long synopsis. I will tell you that I was sucked right into this snapshot of time and place, could not stop reading. This was one of those books that made me just collapse in an ugly-crying heap, but was worth reading every word.
So, you know what you have to do, right? When "THEY" try to ban a book, and pull it from school library shelves? You have to read it, of course. Even if and when it's technically YA material. Then give it to your kids to read. When you're done with this one, move on to another banned book that deserves mention-
Crank by Ellen Hopkins. One of the most stunning things I've read in a long time, told in poetic form. Like following someone step by step as they descend into hell, but utterly helpless to stop them...more effective a warning against a particular drug than any "scared straight" talk or video or PSA could ever be. So of course, gotta keep that one out of schools! Can't let that fall into the hands of kids it could help!! SMH, but I digress. Read this book, then read that one, and you will have made a small difference against the crime of censorship.
Out of Darkness gives us that, which is perhaps why it upsets some people. We don’t want to know harsh truths about the racism in our history, and we certainly don’t want to have to feel we are experiencing it! The author doesn’t just give us a window to peek into another world, she allows us to be inside different characters, feeling their joy, their hopes, their fears. I am all churned up. This is what good literature does to a person.
I’ll be sharing this book with my young adult children. They are 8th generation white Texans, and their grandfather grew up in East Texas at the time of this story. It is good for them to be churned up, too, to imagine stories outside the ones they have grown up hearing. To understand that reality is not limited to their own experience.