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  • For starters, the cover is very intriguing! I believe it sums up the entire story in one picture. "Emancipation Day" is a historical fiction book set during WW2 in St.John's Newfoundland. Jackson Lewis is attractive, talented, and a band member in the army. He woos small town girl Vivian Clift and they embark on a whirlwind relationship. All the while, Jack has a deep family secret that he has kept from all he becomes close to. Only when Vivian has been married to Jack and returns with him to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario does she begin to discover pieces of his past, his family and his dark secret. An excerpt from goodreads: "...(a) heart-wrenching novel about fathers and sons, love and sacrifice, race relations and a time in our history when the world was on the cusp of a momentous change." This isn't a "feel good story" by any means, but one that is thought provoking and touching. Pros: Personally, I loved Wayne Grady's writing style! By the end of the story, I felt as if I knew the characters personally. Their thoughts, worries and fears were so relatable. It is such an original and different story than any I have read, but it seems to touch a familiar place in my heart. Cons: The one thing I did not like about the story, surprisingly was the main character. I didn't like his personality or how he treated those closest to him, but I admit he was still relatable. Even though you may not like him, you can't help but find pieces of yourself in him. The plot seemed slow at parts, perhaps because the story was being told by 3-4 different perspectives, all giving varying angle on the situation so it can be either a pro or con depending on the reader. Overall Book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • A very readable book, the story never drags. The author does a very good job of depicting the issues so you can see it from both sides. Suitable for those interested in the topic of race and racism. As relevant today as in the times it was set in. Highly recommended.

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  • I was totally immersed in this book. The characters were very real to me and I much appreciated the description of life in Newfoundland and in Windsor. It made me realize how little I did know about Canada and black history, as well as the contributions and sacrifices that had to be made during WWII. Gave me a new perspective on our country and made me want to meet the characters in real life.... The best canadian book I have read in a long time.

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  • Emancipation Day

    Well written with good character development. I'm sure this book is racially accurate for its day. Loved the ending with a twist at the very end.

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  • A very good book travellling from the end of the 2nd World war in a view a have not read before from NFLD Canada. The post war era and the diversity of Canadians is covered well.

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