One dear reader called this my Mockingbird. This story begins in the early sixties and continues into the seventies. It is told from the point of view of Georgia Christine, ten-year-old student of life. Georgia represents the innocence of those turbulent, often violent times. Even her beloved Darnay Road is not immuned to the darkness that hangs on the edges of her small and sheltered life. There are the tracks behind that separate Darnay from Scutter. Those boys that live over there, Easy and his brother, life isn’t as good for them. The way to the tracks is through the yard of a demented woman, but behind, well that’s where they found that body, torn in pieces, dragged that way by the train. Easy and his brother…that death separates them from the big houses on Darnay. Georgia calls her house Big White. She lives there with her Granma. Granma would as soon watch her stories as anything. But Georgia is loved. Easy…he’s the best boy that ever lived. And Georgia makes it her mission to help him out even when she’s not sure why he doesn’t want her crossing over…to his side. But solving mysteries, that’s what Georgia does. She is a full-fledged Darnay Spy. And Easy is her mission…and too soon…her heart.
Set in the summer of 1963, innocent Georgia has become absorbed in the mysteries of life, religion and boys, not necessarily in that order. All too soon, she discovers that what she’s taken for concrete truths may be anything but true or concrete.
And as a nation awakens to the ugly reality of war and assassination, Georgia discovers her own voice, and with it her right to fight for her beliefs – whether it be the need to provide a home for a litter of orphaned kittens, or a home for an abandoned young man. Threaded throughout the story are Diane Munier’s trademark themes of the enduring power of unconditional love (a grandmother’s devotion to her motherless granddaughter), the power of passion (whether it be in a generation’s protest of an undeclared, futile war, or Georgia and Ethan, steadfast in their love), and the need for redemption (a young man offering up his life for his country in hope of mitigating his own sins).
More than a coming of age story, Darnay Road is a treasure map that leads its readers to love.
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