Rated of 5
Vivid portrayal of a small Mississippi town's struggle with integration.
Deborah Johnson's book, "The Air Between Us", set several decades after "To Kill a Mockingbird", offers up some of the same compelling themes found in Harper Lee's classic; justice, conscience, racism and moral leadership. Dr. Reese Jackson, a hero to the entire black community and the first highly successful surgeon, and Dr. Cooper Connelly, Chief Surgeon at Doctor's Hospital and son of a white, bigoted state senator. These are two flawed heroes provide the reader access to these two very separate communities in Revere, Mississippi.
I especially enjoyed the parts of the book which offered Miss Melba's and Cooper Connelly's perspective on their small town's struggle with integration even though I found the book to be uneven. The first part moves along a little too slowly and some subplots tend to be dropped or tied up too quickly at the end. However, I would strongly recommend this book to book groups because of its compelling characters and interesting plot.