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Jericho Road by Icy Snow Blackstone
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Jericho Road

by Icy Snow Blackstone

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Jericho Road by Icy Snow Blackstone is the story of Logan Redhawk an emergency room Resident fulfilling his educational obligation in a hospital in Atlanta. Logan’s ethnicity is an interesting mix of Southern white and Mohawk Indian which wouldn’t seem particularly interesting except that the story occurs in the late seventies when racial prejudices are still alive and very well in the South.

Logan does his work and bides his time counting down the day when his debt is paid. As a doctor Logan is treated with respectful detachment not open hostility but this all changes when he is called to treat an accident victim. Logan draws back the curtain to the examining room and is pulled into an experience that will change him forever. The patient, Lindsey Sue Conyers, is the daughter of one the wealthiest and most influential men in Sardis Crossing. One look at the tiny and frightened white woman and Logan is hurled into a world where his thoughts and desires are enough to get him killed and nearly do. Their love is fraught with perils but love is an emotion that can withstand the worst of adversities. Theirs is tested over and over again and triumphs in the end resulting in a bond made stronger and meaningful for it.

Jericho Road by Icy Snow Blackstone is my top pick because the novel does what a good novel should do. It takes you away from your existence to a memorable visit to another place and time. Jericho Road portrays life on many of its most elemental levels. It was messy, unpredictable, humorous, and poignant, hope thrives through insurmountable tragedies and most of all love survives despite all the adversities. The story touches on many faucets of the human experience and the author does a great job relating each aspect in an interesting and engaging manner. Surviving war and the aftermath of trying to reintegrate into society — a most relevant subject. The growing pains of a boy transforming into a man. Social barriers that bind and separate us. The feelings of insecurity in a marriage and the pain of betrayal. The importance of communication. Exploitation and rape and the immediate and long term effects. These are just some of the pertinent subject matters addressed in Jericho Road and it really makes for an all encompassing and engaging novel.

The Conyers family from the exterior is the epitome of the perfect American family in the old South with their old money and old-fashioned values, and is viewed as the pillars of morality in the community. However beneath the surface lies a festering pool of prejudices, resentment, cruelty, infidelity, and betrayal. The patriarch of the family is stuck in the ways of the old South, hell bent on segregation and prepared to commit murder to prevent integration within his own family. The oldest son wrestles with his sexuality even as his wife wrestles in bed with his younger brother. Lindsey Sue seems like the most normal of the bunch but for a twenty-three year old, her naivety is almost frightening.

Jericho Road furthers earns its place as my favorite read of month because despite being a rather long novel it managed to grab and hold my attention all the way through. There is so much going on and there literally isn’t a dull moment. There are dim moments when people’s lives hang in the balance but it is all a part of the appeal of the novel.

Readers will be intrigued and entertained by this journey into the past and despite the distasteful nature of some of the subject matter it makes for a book with more substance. The issues pleasant and not so pleasant make for a patchwork of themes that fuse together resulting in a novel that is a great representation of the true quilt of many people’s lives.

~ Susan for AReCafe ( )
  AReCafe | Apr 24, 2013 |
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