Year 16, Book 14

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

The youngest of 12 children, Sarah Broom was born 6 months before her father died and was raised in the yellow shotgun house in an industrial part of New Orleans East that her mom bought as a young woman. Broom uses this falling apart house that is eventually destroyed in Hurricane Katrina to tell the story of her family, their neglected part of New Orleans, and her complicated relationship to all three. It’s an excellent look at the complications of home and family as well as the racism that is still all too common that affects them. I give it am 8 out of 10.

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