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Midnight Without a Moon: 10/01/18
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson is the first of the Rose Lee Carter series and is inspired by the stories the author heard from her grandfather. The setting is 1955 Mississippi. Rose works in the cotton fields but is secretly teaching herself everything she can about the NAACP. She has plans to leave Mississippi and make a better life for herself.
Rose's grandmother wishes she would leave well enough alone. Live with the evil you know rather than inviting new trouble on the family. Grandmother's advice seems to make sense when a neighbor is shot after registering to vote.
A lot of what is covered here is covered in March Book One but the target audience is younger. As the book is also based the memories of stories heard as a child, it's also less focused, weaving instead from one emotional hit to the next.
For me, it took until the last third of the novel to really feel like I knew Rose. It ended strongly with her deciding to stay and fight, something I hadn't expected given the emphasis on wanting to / needing to leave. It has left me curious enough to see what happens next.
The next book is A Sky Full of Stars, which came out in January.