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The Air Between Us

by Deborah Johnson

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The Air Between Us by Deborah Johnson
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  • Published Apr 2009
    336 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Ruth (Westport MA)
    the air between us by Deborah Johnson
    The 50's and 60's were fraught with confusion, anger and hope as America began its attempt to put away the sentiments of prejudice and bigotry which ignorance had fostered. Deborah Johnson employs Revere, Mississippi as the setting for one town's struggle with the concept of equality between the races. Much of the struggle takes place below the surface as the individuals begin to recognize the ghosts of the past are of importance to their furture. Ms. Johnson portrays a town of people each of whom is caught in his own struggle while trying to create a school system providing equal education - but at the price of the separateness that they want preserved as their protection against their own fears of the future. These people have grown intricately woven relationships which are physically and emotionally so intertwined that merely "the air between" them keeps them separate.
  • Karen (Pittsburgh PA)
    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.
  • Janet (dubuque IA)
    The Air Between Us
    Many of the people in the novel have secrets. I was compelled to keep reading to discover motivations and histories and to learn the answers. I thought the relationship between Dr. Connelly and Miss Melba Obrenski was rather unrealistic given the racial tension and gossip network in the town, but in spite of that, I enjoyed the book.
  • Judy, a librarian (Marysville OH)
    Interesting story
    The Air Between Us takes place in Revere, Mississippi in 1966, a town on the brink of desegregation. The looming prospect of a future with no boundaries between races helps reveal complex and often hidden relationships, and surprising secrets, among the townspeople across races and across classes. I would recommend this book for the story. But the characters did not engage me, and the whole book is written in a folksy colloquial Southern voice, which is OK coming from the characters but annoying coming from the third person narrator.
  • Theresa (Apollo Beach FL)
    The Air Between Us
    The Air Between Us did not live up to it's comparison to The Secret Life of Bees. Due to the brief introduction of the many characters in the beginning of the book it did not capture my interest. I felt the plot suffered due to this lack of character development. The author herself states that the most difficult part of the book to write is the beginning because she does not know her characters well. However, she did highlight the roles of blacks and whites in the deep south on the verge of desegregation with an interesting plot twist revealed.
  • Jo (DeRidder LA)
    The Air Between Us
    The author does a good job of describing the racial tension in the south in the 1960s which I also lived with. The end of the book is a twist which gives the reader a surprise. I didn't feel that all the characters were well developed and some relationships not quite believable. Some of the plot lines could have been more fully developed in the early part of the book, instead it seemed to quickly come together in the end. In all a good read.
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