All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Mildred D. Taylor. Viking, $18.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-399-25730-8
This absorbing historical novel concludes the five-volume story of the Logan family, which began in 1975 with Song of the Trees, followed by the Newbery Award–winner Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Here, narrator Cassie, now a grown woman, describes an era of sweeping social change, which begins with the post-WWII Great Migration north and culminates with the civil rights movement. Cassie’s struggles and joys are decidedly adult, as she graduates from college and moves to Toledo to live with her brother’s family, seeks work in California, marries and becomes a widow, and eventually decides to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a lawyer, a profession she eventually employs to register Black voters in her home state of Mississippi. Taylor deftly sketches the strong characters of this tight-knit, though increasingly far-flung, family, and offers insights into seismic social movements and systematic oppression in the grim realities of racism faced by the family. A memorable heroine and her keen sense of injustice propel this satisfying conclusion to a landmark family saga. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 11/07/2019
Release date: 01/07/2020
Genre: Children's
Other - 978-0-525-48831-6
Library Binding - 700 pages - 978-1-4328-7780-4
Compact Disc - 978-0-593-15571-4
Paperback - 496 pages - 978-0-425-28808-5
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