There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.
It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.
Author, Valerie Fraser Luesse takes readers on an amazing, emotional, heartfelt story filled with endearing characters and a beautiful storyline with Missing Isaac!
The bond that Pete and Isaac shared was great. In fact, this book kind of reminded me of a modern day To Kill a Mockingbird. A classic story that is a favorite of mine. Pete's innocence to the world around him including the fact that he did not see a line between him and Isaac was great. Isaac was like another father figure/big brother to Pete. That is why when Isaac went missing, it was devastating. I had grown so close to the characters that it was easy reading.
Yet, there is someone else that I can't forget to mention and that is Lila. She turned into a lovely woman. It was nice to see her grow as the story progressed. Pete and she made a cute couple. A great ending. Additionally, I plan to read more books by this author.