Friday, January 20, 2017
Review: No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.
JJ’s newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have—and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.
What I Liked About It:
The writing. Watts is a beautiful writer and it is what kept me reading until the end.
The characters. I would have loved if the book was told completely from JJ's or Ava's point of view, or even if they brought in a Nick to narrator everything.
The concept/setting, the idea of taking The Great Gatsby and recreating it from a African American point of view was very ambitious and partly worked expect for the format of the novel.
What I Did Not Like:
The constant changing of characters Point of Views (and sometimes in the chapters as well) was so confusing!
The plot was hard to follow for a few of the characters, I was able to get the main point but had trouble keeping track of all the storylines.
Despite some of my struggles with reading it was still beautifully written and had an impactful main message. I think it would have been ten times better without the added expectations of being a retelling of The Great gatsby.
I recommend checking this out for the beautiful writing and the interesting characters/plot.
3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars