Written in the first person narrative, Jack Morgan is now an adult who travels back to his hometown of Baldwin, Long Island, to settle his parents' estate and finalize the sale of their house. As Jack sits in the driveway of his childhood home, he is usually not one to dwell on his past, but he can't help but take a stroll down memory lane to a November night in 1963 when he attends a weekend dance and asks Vida, a pretty African-Amercian girl who he has an innocent crush on to dance, setting off a controversy over young love against current societal beliefs, racial prejudice and tensions.
The Test is a poignant tale that easily draws the reader into Jack and Vida's story. Author John Lansing weaves a true-to-life short story that is written in a richly descriptive style that transports the reader back to a time period where the country was on the cusp of a change in the social, racial, and political climate. The author realistically captured the essence of that tumultuous period in time, and interwove it with a touching teenage love story that will have the reader experiencing the gamut of emotions. I found myself so captivated with the brief glimpse into Jack and Vida's story, that when I got to the very surprising conclusion, it left me wanting more!
The Test is a beautifully written coming-of-age short story that is full of emotion and drama, it will take the reader for a stroll down memory lane, stir the soul, and leave a lasting impression.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Providence Book Promotions.
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