Book Review: Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

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Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is an engaging novel which is thought provoking with an interesting premise. This is Mr. Smith’s debut novel.

  • 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476730539

Book Review Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander SmithMy rating for Forty Acres – 4

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Thoughts:
Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith is an interesting novel which makes the reader think how one would avenge a sin caused by their forefathers. The novel also takes a look at racism and getting justice through revenge. This is a contemporary novel and the author included “ripped from the headlines” events about race.

More than the upfront, in your face premise, I thought the book made me think about the social consequences in American society which racism and discrimination causes. The injustices which were suffered long ago in the open, still exist in places, however they are covered with honey but are not any sweeter. The struggle to overcome these injustices make some people do things which they otherwise wouldn’t dream of, and shape their character in a way many of us couldn’t understand.

I enjoyed the unique premise of the book, it is an interesting, yet easy, read. The characters are well developed and I came to care about what is going to happen to many of them. I felt the ending was rushed though, the author took great care in crafting the plot, the scenarios and the characters, yet the ending seemed to happen all to quick that I almost missed it.

Synopsis:
Martin Grey is a smart, talented up and coming star in the legal community who just won his first big case, beating and established judicial super-star, who befriends him. Through his newfound friendship, Martin becomes acquainted with other wealthy and powerful American black males who take him into their club as one of their own.

The group goes together on a getaway weekend with no cell phones, wives, e-mail or any contact to the outside world. Martin discovers that his new friends are part of a community which enslaves white people, descendents of slave owners, who are being punished for the sins of their ancestors.

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