Title: The Steep and Thorny Way
Author: Cat Winters
Biracial sixteen-year-old Hanalee seeks the truth about her murdered
father and the dark secrets beneath the idyllic surface of Elston, where
she feels ostracized and alienated as the only non-white person.
Impressions: I love that this is about racism and the Klan yet not in
the South. Also touches on eugenics, gay rights, etc.
Retold Hamlet? Yes please. Racism and the Klan in Oregon, in the 20s,
with a gay secondary character and a biracial girl struggling with her
identity? Double yes please.
Sadly, this didn't quite live up to the promise. Some of the Hamlet parallels got pretty tortured, and
it was unfortunate that there were basically no other characters of
color besides Hanalee and her dead father. But there were some great moments, too, like the twist where the villain was not at all who you thought they were.
My copy was an e-ARC, and since I have a rather clunky old e-reader, the plentiful period photographs scattered throughout only served to freeze up my device. If you're into that, however, they looked pretty neat.
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