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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a real problem with Interests of Justice by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg because she tried to excuse away police brutality in it. Now, I live in Illinois, where some police officers have been convicted of beating confessions out of innocent people (and many of those innocents ended up on our death row as well...good job, guys...). I was absolutely disgusted by it. Fortunately it was only a small part of the whole, but because of that I don't intend to read anything else by her again.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently read "The Luxe" by Anna Godbersen, a book set in the Gilded Age which I really enjoyed. The author handled the "issues" issue perfectly by including two characters who embodied some of the injustices of that time period (wealth differential between rich and working class) without beating us over the head with it. I found myself thinking about the issue without having it overpower the story for me in any way. She also didn't present either side as villains -- you could see how people felt trapped in their own ways of being. Another book that did this well, imo, was "Lions and Lace" by Meagan Mckinney, although that title is very old. And of course the Potter books showed prejudice in all it's ugliness without it actually taking over the tale.

Just thought I would mention that it can be done right!

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