Author: Beverly Jenkins
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Book 1 of Old West
While reading, I was thinking about the way people pass today. As a black woman with an invisible disability, I pass on some level but not on the same level as Rhine Fontaine. After all, he is living during the Reconstruction Era United States as a white man when he is not.
While talking to my therapist about the synopsis for this book I explained to her what it was about. I must admit I was surprised because she didn’t realize what I meant when I mentioned passing. That shows me that we’ve come to a place in America where multiracial people do not have to make such hard decisions. It’s receding into the fabric of the past.
I thought it was interesting that Ms. Jenkins decided to flip the genre conventions. It wasn’t a woman passing this time around but a man. I’m very interested in the ‘tragic mulatta’ trope and how it plays out in literature and I feel it was done very well here.
I did, however, feel that the ending was a tad bit overblown. I felt like it wasn’t needed though it was a nice juxtaposition.
This was also the first book I’ve read by Ms. Jenkins. I don’t know why, but it’s taken me a long time to get around to reading her work, but that will not be a problem anymore because I love her sense of humor and her writing style. I felt like I was listening to a friend.