The Waltz of Devil's Creek by Justine Carver
Judith Campbell is dying, and she cannot take the painful truth about where her son came from to the grave with her. While on her deathbed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, Judith tells him the tragic story of his conception, and which of two men his birth father could be: the young man who professed his love to her, or the pastor who assaulted her.
Set in the Deep South in 1947, The Waltz of Devil's Creek digs into the dark crevices of racism and women's rights during a heated political climate in an era of segregation. Combined with Judith's lack of social stature, and at a time when reporting sexual assault was unheard of, every injustice is stacked against her from the very beginning.
But there is a light in Judith's young life: her best friend, Joseph Bird, who has loved her since childhood. Joseph stands up for Judith when no one else will and proves that even in the darkest of times, a light is always burning.
"The Waltz of Devil's Creek is a poignant and memorable tale that outshines the standard conventions of its genre." – The Booklife Prize
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I learned more from Joseph than I ever learned from my teacher, I thought, even though some of what he taught me were things he believed to be true but had no evidence to back it up. But Joseph was smart beyond his years and his generation, and so it was never easy to discredit him---his ideas sure did rub off on me, that was for sure.
And when he talked about the Bible, and how there was "no way it hasn't been altered by man over generations of time to suit those in power and and wanted to keep it", the conversations lasted hours, sometimes days, like he'd been waiting all his life to get these things off his chest. I remained mixed on his ideas and accusations about religion, mostly because I feared God and of being led astray. But at night, when I'd lie in bed looking at those stars Joseph and I loved so much from my bedroom window, I couldn't help but wonder if everything he said was true.
Then I'd feel guilty for thinking it, roll over to face the wall, and think of other things until I finally drifted off to sleep.
About the Author
Justine Carver was born and raised in the Southern United States on a heavy dose of creek-wading, lightning-bug-catching, and Saturday morning cartoons. She is a full-time writer, all-the-time reader, and every now and then, she pulls her head out of the clouds long enough to remember how much better it is up there.
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The Waltz of Devil's Creek