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    Leslie DuBois
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    Little Prince Publishing (February 12, 2012)
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Though based on actual events, this book is a work of fiction. Any character resembling actual individuals is purely coincidental.

Though based on actual events, this book is a work of fiction. In the shadows of the early morning or the dusky night, she could pass for white. She could straighten her hair, then pin it into a French twist. She could borrow one of Rebecca Jane's elaborate silk dresses with a petticoat and sling a frilly umbrella over her shoulder. A little face powder from Mrs. Goodwin's vanity table would finish the look.

Louis Mary Anna "George, get down here, dear," Elizabeth Goodwin called up the stairs. Mary Anna and Samuel are here. And they wish to speak with u. sted on speaking with them so soon. He and Mary Anne had just arrived back in town and hadn't even unpacked. But Samuel was adamant that their conversation take place immediately. A nervous knot grew in Elizabeth's belly. What if he had found out something? What if Mary Anna had let the family secret slip? No, that wasn't possible.

Shadows of St. Louis book. I loved this book and will keep it to read again. once again Leslie DuBois has written a solid peace that will tug at you heart strings. It’s 1917 in East St. Louis, Illinois  .

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It’s 1917 in East St. The wealthy Goodwin family and their children have been living with a dangerous secret. Suddenly, their 16 year old Negro maid Emma Lynn starts asking questions no one wants to answer

It’s 1917 in East St. Suddenly, their 16 year old Negro maid Emma Lynn starts asking questions no one wants to answer. Where did she come from? Where are her parents? Why does she look like a darker version of the Goodwin daughter? More.

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It’s 1917 in East St. Louis, Illinois. The wealthy Goodwin family and their children have been living with a dangerous secret. Suddenly, their 16 year old Negro maid Emma Lynn starts asking questions no one wants to answer. Where did she come from? Where are her parents? Why does she look like a darker version of the Goodwin daughter? The love of a local white boy finally helps unveil the truth. But just when they are about to run away to find happiness together, race riots erupt and Emma Lynn gets caught in the middle. Now the Goodwins must make a choice to save her even if it means revealing to the world who they really are. Includes Study Guide questions

First the positive:
The author chose a unique and interesting theme in the concept of "passing for white", something that I had never considered before. She threw in two major twists, which I did not see coming -- that was enjoyable! Her few main characters were sympathetic, and I cared what happened to them; for example, I enjoyed watching Henry and Emma Lynn find excuses to see one another.

Sadly, that's where the positives end.

The negatives:
The characters were sadly one-dimensional. ALL they ever talk about is race, as if it's the only thing that matters to anyone; yes, race was the centerpiece of the novel, but it shouldn't have hogged each and every conversation in every character's life -- it's almost as if strangers meet on the street and begin to discuss how much they despise black people. It's just not realistic, and this uber-focus on one issue is a mark of an inexperienced writer. So many opportunities were available; for example, Charlie clearly is a tortured soul who has problems with addiction and feelings of inadequacy -- yet we see that in perhaps two lines throughout the whole book. Henry's failure to "step up" and defend Emma Lynn at one point (and the way he feels about his failure later) is never really explored, though it should have been! The rats in the basement receive more "book time" than Dad does, and he's a pivotal character who instigated Emma Lynn's problems. Mom and Mary Anna were monsters, but their actions and motivations were never explored, so they come out seeming flat.

The characters' choices were simply not believable, and you could drive a tractor trailer truck through the holes in the plotline: How realistic is it that every main character has fallen in love with someone of "the wrong race"? Charlotte's father would've made sure she was married long before the truth was realized. Blonde is a recessive gene, so a certain baby would not have been born looking as he did -- not unless Mom brought in some unexpected DNA, and that would've changed the storyline. In a shantytown, no one would live with a blanket for a door -- wood was widely available, and many of the residents of this poor section would've worked in manual labor; they could easily have had the protection of a door. Henry's mom's help at the end of the novel was kind, but it's impossible: In a day and age when women didn't drive, how did she manage to get her son's employer's vehicle, and how did she drive it during a disaster? At the end, the goal was just to get across the state line into Illinois; if life was so much easier in Illinois for mixed-race couples, why did none of them seem to consider it earlier?

It wasn't until the end of the novel that I realized DuBois intended to include an actual historical event in the book -- I always enjoy that -- but, in this case, she glossed over it quickly rather than making it a focus of the novel. This historical event could have /should have been a climactic ending, but instead it just fell flat. She also threw in a bit of a reference to a famous singer (though she's still a child), but since she's only mentioned twice, it seems anticlimactic.

Finally, like so many authors who've found a "voice" through online publishing, DuBois' proofreading is simply pathetic, and -- like so many other online authors -- it grows worse as the book draws to a close. She spells one character's name as Jesse most of the time, but occasionally spells it as Jessie. She doesn't understand the difference between affect and effect. She frequently makes basic mistakes with commas and apostrophes. These relatively constant issues do affect the quality of the writing.
This book was SOOO good, So Real I was all Up & Through my Feelings with this one. How Dare Emma Lynn's parents deny her because of the color of her skin, any and everyone else I can see but her own parents. And I can even see them trying to cover it up on the outside (for the outside world) but within their very own home, OMG I couldn't hardly stand it. I can't see it in real life them denying their own child at all but (reading a book, had they at least treated her good within their own walls it would have been more acceptable for me *again in these pages* not in real life though. I can't even begin to imagine living in that time. I'm a dark skinned sister too, WOW. it's really too bad and sad to say that there is still this issue in this day, Maybe not as bad but still even just a little bit is too much. This book was "REAL" & "RAW" I couldn't read it in one dose because It got my pressure up! (LOL) Funny how the "Choosen children lived the good life and in the end they were the ones that "didn't make it" (Hope I'm not telling too much) I'm trying to be vague and give my opinion. How dare the daddy not have the "Balls" to be a MAN for his daughter. I'm glad Henry grew some Ku'hunas and did what he felt in his heart and went with it. I'm glad Emma Lynn Had SOMEONE in the world that cared.
If you want and need a break from "Urban-Fiction" this is a good read I give it 5 stars.
This novel reminded me of Nella Larson's "Passing". No one really talks about the story of blacks hiding themselves as white. The stress, the sacrifices, the constant fear, the letting go of one's identity/heritage, and the self-esteem all have immense pressure added to blacks born of lighter skin.

Some reviews say the story is not believable because of a family's betrayal. But in that time especially, people had so much license to exhort their fear and hatred towards others in violent ways. This added to the life of second class citizens. If anything, Mrs. DuBois displayed kiddie gloves when describing the harsh realities of passing for white as well as the ill treatment of blacks during World War I.

I like the book. At the heart of it, through the racial tensions laid a love story. What love means in family and in romance.
I love a good book. I bought this because I am from East St. Louis and thought $.99 wasn't a bad price for a book that may or may not be worth the cost.

As a kid, I remember my grandparents talking about the "Race Riots" and how my grandfather feared for his life many days at the Aluminum Ore Plant. I came along at a time when segregation was the norm and no one really questioned it out loud in mixed company. I have an entire wing of my family that is "passing for white" today. They have gone as far as changing the spelling of their last name.

This book hit home with me and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read a love story from a brutal historical era. Racism, politics, economics, secrets...Love Conquers All.
It's interesting how fact and fiction are blended so well together. I just wanted to hug Emma Lynn, she's so sweet, and stronger than even she realized. I would have liked to know what happened to her father in the end, but then realized the characters who were foremost at the end didn't know either. I was saddened by the losses, but that happens in life. But I was also very glad that Emma found true love, and they found a way to make it work.

I want to add that it was a pleasure to read a book that needed no editing, and was a clean read.
I liked the premise for the story but couldn't get into it while reading, it took me a lot longer to finish this one than it should have because I kept stopping and reading something else before continuing on with this one.