The Bootlegger’s Mistress

The Bootlegger’s Mistress follows Carrie Lacey, a young black woman living in the South in the 1940s. She works in the office of Mr. Butler, a white man who is a liquor bootlegger and owns a gambling club. Faced with unfair prejudice and discrimination, Carrie’s father clashes with Mr. Butler over the Laceys’ legal claim to the family land. Her father fears for Carrie’s safety and she is forced to flee South Carolina. She changes her name to Dicie Caughman and eventually moves to Newark, New Jersey. Nearly eighty years later, authorities in South Carolina want to question Dicie in connection to the murder of Tommy Joe Butler in 1943. What really happened the night Carrie Lacey left South Carolina?

I enjoyed reading Marc Curtis Little’s book riveting historical fiction novel. It was immensely interesting learning about Dicie’s troubled past and fascinating family history. I truly enjoyed the ending of this delightful novel as things get wrapped up well although it is a bit bittersweet. Although it was a fiction novel about a fictional character, it gives the reader a stark look at the history of Southern Blacks and the many injustices they faced prior to the Civil Rights Movement. The story spans more than eight decades and shows that, while significant change has been achieved during that time, there is still a lot more that needs to be done before the United States reaches true equality for all people. I enjoyed the extra insight about the story that was given in the question and answer section with the author at the end of the book.

While I enjoyed the novel, I felt that the chapters in the book were a bit choppy, and jumped around in time a lot, often without an immediate frame of reference for the reader as to what point in the past the events took place, and the first few chapters felt disjointed at the beginning when it was not immediately clear that Carrie and Dicie were the same person. But once this is cleared up, it’s like the clouds part on a dreary day and the sun shines on a truly compelling story. The Bootlegger’s Mistress is a striking historical fiction novel that explores deep societal issues along one woman’s enthralling journey through life.

Pages: 252| ISBN: 0578625059

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