May 19, 2015
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At first blush, Darnay Road appears to be a nostalgic story chronicling a decade in the life of young Georgia Christine.
Set in the summer of 1963, innocent Georgia has become absorbed in the mysteries of life, religion and boys, not necessarily in that order. All too soon, she discovers that what she’s taken for concrete truths may be anything but true or concrete.
And as a nation awakens to the ugly reality of war and assassination, Georgia discovers her own voice, and with it her right to fight for her beliefs – whether it be the need to provide a home for a litter of orphaned kittens, or a home for an abandoned young man. Threaded throughout the story are Diane Munier’s trademark themes of the enduring power of unconditional love (a grandmother’s devotion to her motherless granddaughter), the power of passion (whether it be in a generation’s protest of an undeclared, futile war, or Georgia and Ethan, steadfast in their love) and the need for redemption (a young man offering up his life for his country in hope of mitigating his own sins).
More than a coming of age story, Darnay Road is a treasure map that leads its readers to love.