The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve always loved Diane Chamberlain novels. I’ve read several. She has a unique way of mixing civil rights issues with incredible storytelling. The Last House on the Street is no exception.
Told in parallel timelines, we follow Ellie Hockings in 1965 and 2010. Back in the 60s, she joins a program called SCOPE where she canvasses black neighborhoods in the south in an effort to get people registered to vote as part of the The Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. There are also many story arcs within the novel which I found engaging, primarily a murder mystery and love story.
The narration was extremely well done. From the very beginning, I could feel myself slipping into the south in the 1960s. Highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction, family dramas, and civil rights.