June 09, 2006

Once upon a time, in Vermont...

Witness, but Karen Hesse, is a gripping story, told in blank verse form, of a Vermont town in 1924 who suffered an incursion of the Klan on their small town. 'Family Values' and American purity was stressed then, as it sometimes is now, and few saw through it, until things begin to happen. Good people questioned themselves. And some did not.

I loved the sepia-toned photographs, which, like a list of actors in a playbill, I kept flipping back to look at repeatedly. The story really came alive.

A quick and insightful piece, encouraging me to read more Karen Hesse!

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