No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Karyn Taylor

No Names to Be GivenNo Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great, thought provoking read by an author that was new to me. It’s not the usual type of book that I read but some friends had mentioned really enjoying it, so I decided that it must be worth a read. I’m glad that I took the chance on this book as I really enjoyed reading it.
In this book we get the stories of 3 teenage women in the 1960’s who ended up pregnant and had to give up their babies. I was very quickly engrossed in the stories of all 3 women. The author does a very good job of showing the pain and emotion that each woman went through during their pregnancies, immediately after the birth and throughout their lives trying to come to terms with what they had been through.
The three women all have very different backgrounds and very different stories, each as compelling as the other for different reasons.
What was also very eye-opening for me was the racial element of the book. One of the women was involved in a mixed race relationship at a time when race relations were very troubled and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this aspect of the story.
I’d definitely recommend this book to others.

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