Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (Short Book Review)



Goodreads Rating: 4.19★★★★✩

My Rating: 4/5 ★★★★✩

Genre: Cultural, African-American, Historical

This was really beautiful& warm…

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Noon and Herbie’s marriage has suffered and is on the brink of separation but a package that was left at their front door will bring major changes into their lives and the community.

Diane managed to capture the atmosphere of the 1950s in Philadelphia, she brought the characters to life through the love of the community, the power of love and so much more. The book dove deep into the conversation about social issues that really got me thinking, from the culture of slut-shaming to mental illness. The characters made decisions that made them jump out of the pages, it wasn’t always the good and evil trope but we got to see the grey area of the moral spectrum. I loved the loudness of the atmosphere by the description of food, the fashion, music, a deep southern accent that just elevated the book to another level.

I also enjoyed the character of Fannie (Noon & Herbie’s adopted daughter) she is probably one of the best characters ever. Her ability to empathise with others and still manage to stand for her belief and for her loved ones was pretty admirable. I also thank the author for the beautiful description of the Natural African hair, women with strong big legs who feel comfortable in their own skin. Black is beautiful…

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If you are looking for a book that features realistic family dynamics, a strong female friendship, beautiful depictions of the 1950s African-American era that touch on racism, emphasises the importance of the community with beautiful writing and amazing characterization this is definitely worth your time.

Thanks for reading 🙂

P.S. This is an Own Voice novel and if you are looking to read diversely I recommend it 🙂

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