Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Jack Lewis meets and falls in love with Vivian Fanshawe while stationed in Newfoundland during the Second World War. They marry against her family's wishes and eventually travel to Windsor where Vivian meets Jack's family, only to discover he has lied to her about many aspects of his past.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780385677660
0385677669
Branch Call Number: FIC Grady
Characteristics: 330 p

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podgorskis
Nov 08, 2015

This novel is both entertaining and compelling. It explores the rich complexities of racism through the story of a mixed race child growing up in Windsor, out to Newfoundland during the war, then back to Toronto and Windsor. Characters are richly developed, filled with conflicted misgivings over racial identity. The tension in the story builds like an elastic pulled tighter and tighter, right to the very last line. A great read.

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blolo
Jan 28, 2015

I really did not enjoy this book. My biggest issue with it was that the characters were “thinly” developed and didn’t seem like believable people.

inthestacks Feb 25, 2014

Jack Lewis, a young Navy musician stationed in Newfoundland at the end of the Second World War, meets and marries Vivian, a naïve, local girl. They travel to Windsor, Ontario, where Vivian discovers, in meeting Jack’s family, that he is black but has been passing for white since an early age. Vivian struggles to accept this and to find acceptance with Jack’s family. Too many plot holes and some awkwardly-written passages make for a weak story overall. Hard to believe this was long-listed for the 2013 Giller Prize.

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