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    THE SUMMER WE GOD SAVED
PATRICIA CUNNINGHAM DEVOTO

Tab's Aunt Eugenia came by for a visit.  Tab is not concerned with the racism going on around her even though her Aunt Eugenia places great emphasis on it.  She has more important things to worry about.  Well Aunt Eugenia had plans for Tab and her sister, Tina.  She took them to a place in the mountains of Tennessee.  This place was called the Highlander Folk School and was known as a place where blacks and whites were trained to fight for integration.  The two girls met Dominique Calder, daughter of a black civil rights leader.

What kind of relationship do the three girls have? 

Back home, the girls' father, Charles Rutland, gets involved in politics and supports a candidate for governor who is pro-integration.  He believes this just might be the person to beat Wallace in the race for governor. 

What does Charles Rutland discover when he gets involved in politics?

The author does an excellent job of showing the pain involved when racism is prevalent.  This is a compassionate novel and at the same time it has many funny parts in the story.  It is a story of changes taking place in our society and the people involved and how it affects their lives.  Pat Devoto takes us on an interesting ride through history - one that is memorable.  Be sure to add this one to your reading list.
   
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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