Thursday, May 21, 2020

#BookReview: The Last Blue by @islamorley

Synopsis: A luminous narrative inspired by the fascinating real case of “the Blue People of Kentucky" that probes questions of identity, love, and family.

In 1937, there are recesses in Appalachia no outsiders have ever explored. Two government-sponsored documentarians from Cincinnati, Ohio—a writer and photographer—are dispatched to penetrate this wilderness and record what they find for President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration.

For photographer Clay Havens, the assignment is his last chance to reboot his flagging career. So when he and his journalist partner are warned away from the remote Spooklight Holler outside of town, they set off eagerly in search of a headline story.

What they see will haunt Clay into his old age: Jubilee Buford, a woman whose skin is a shocking and unmistakable shade of blue. From this happenstance meeting between a woman isolated from society and persecuted her whole life, and a man accustomed to keeping himself at lens distance from others, comes a mesmerizing story in which the dark shades of betrayal, prejudice, fear, and guilt, are refracted along with the incandescent hues of passion and courage.

Panning across the rich rural aesthetic of eastern Kentucky, The Last Blue is a captivating love story and an intimate portrait of what it is like to be truly one of a kind.


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: Such a beautiful and heart pounding and wrenching story.  This was a wonderful debut that I could not put down.  The cover is just so beautiful and the story inside was even better.  This story covers everything from survival to hope and it was just so amazing. This tale is an emotional ride that you will not forget anytime soon after reading it. 

"A compelling tale of survival, reinvention, and hope.  Vivid and poignant." (The Boston Globe (Praise for Isla Morley))"Intense and ambitious.  Exquisitely detailed." (Los Angeles Magazine (Praise for Isla Morley))"An arresting, heart-wrenching novel. . . . a phenomenal debut." (The San Diego Union Tribune (Praise for Isla Morley))"Morley is a stunning storyteller." (The Daily Beast (Praise for Isla Morley))

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