proseandkahn (proseandkahn) wrote,

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson (audio) (68)

 Evie Thomas remembers before when her father wasn't crazy, when he called Evie and her sister his copper pennies, when he stood proud in his policeman's uniform. She was Toswia Green then, and her sister was Cameron. That was before her father, the only black officer on the Denver Police force witnessed the murder of an unarmed, black teenager and decided that he could not honor the code of silence. Evie/ Toswia and her family were given new identities and moved far away from Denver. Now her father sits, depressed at the window day after day and her mother has become a Jehovah's Witness. 

The performance by Sisi Aisha Johnson was measured and lovely. There were times when I got a bit confused as to exactly what point in time was being discussed since the text flashed backward and forward. But the language was lovely. The impact of Mr. Green's decision had a profound impact on his family and he suffered for doing the right thing and exacting justice for a slain stranger.

Tags: family, realistic
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