A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow is a novel starting during the 1940’s and ending present day. It is the story of Morris who grew up in an abusive home and decided that his future would be different than his past. He dated a beautiful girl, Agnes, and when she got pregnant did the right thing and married her. He loved her but he knew deep down that there was love and then there was LOVE that is everlasting and deep enough to survive all that life threw him. He joined the Navy and was lucky enough to survive Pearl Harbor but only because his friend, Robert, stuck his black hand in the murky water and pulled Morris’ white behind out and then drug him to safety. Morris always knew that after Robert died he would find Robert’s family to tell them what a hero he was and how he saved him. What Morris didn’t know is that he would fall deeply in love with his sister, Beatrice, and the complications that a secret interracial relationship would hurt and enhance all of their lives. Morris kept the secret of his 2 families—one white and one biracial—for years. Through the years of his daughter growing up and his son’s death soon after birth. Through the years of Beatrice’s pregnancy and the raising of their twin daughters. Through the civil rights years and on and on. This is the life of one man of this greatest generation mistakes and all but always with love.
I really liked this book. It will be on my “best books” list. Anyone of any age could and should read it. I had not heard of this author before but I am glad I found this book. It treats with respect an out of wedlock love and does not sugarcoat it but rather deals with the hardships and pain of all who are involved.
I received this book from Multnomah for this review.