It remained on my shelf until the freedom of summer. Finally one night last summer I was looking for something new to read and went "shopping" on my bookshelves. I picked up Them, and it wasn't until I began to read the first paragraph that I realized it was a novel. Yes, this is embarrassing.
But I kept reading and found it to be captivating and very moving. For anyone who is familiar with Atlanta, it almost reads like non-fiction at times. The descriptions of streets and neighborhoods are very accurate and realistic. There is one scene where a character is out for a drive to clear his head and the description of his route was so clear that I could picture every turn he made and what he would have seen on his way.
The book clearly about race relations and gentrification and does a remarkable job of tackling these difficult subjects. But it is also a compelling story about a marriage, a community, and an unlikely friendship. I highly recommend it.
PS: I apologize for not having a picture: most of my books are stored away right now!!