Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jesus Land:A Memoir

In this riveting memoir, the author, Julia Scheeres, takes us with her as she grows up; a white girl with two adopted black brothers in 1970's rural Indiana, and then as the teens are sent to a fundamentalist Dominican Republic reform school. These children endure brutal abuse and cruel racism but the work is successful due to the author's distanced and uncritical tone and the lack of malice and vindictiveness. This is an earnest examination of the meaning of family and Christian values. A strong story tinged with sadness yet pervaded by a sense of triumph and courage. -Aurora

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