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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mother Trees is a work of historically focused fiction penned by author G. G. Grit. Set during the difficult times of the sixties and seventies in Louisiana, the story first focuses on white girl Berti Van der Haar. Growing up in the time of desegregation proves both interesting and difficult for young Berti, as her elementary school and local neighborhood change rapidly around her. Berti is progressive and bright, but when she befriends newcomer and black student Roger, tensions rise at home. The tale continues as people grow and attitudes shift, and Berti and Roger rise to own their true identities and power against the ignorance all around them.
Author G. G. Grit has created an inspiring and highly emotive work of fiction based very closely on real history and the true experiences that so many people went through during the age of desegregation. Roger and Berti’s story is told with great compassion, not only for the progressive people being downtrodden, but also for those for whom the veil of ignorance has not yet been lifted. Whilst some people never change, this thoughtful and well-penned novel shows how attitudes can shift if some front-runners are brave enough to set a powerful example and give hope to the future. The dialogue was particularly effective in evoking that southern state era where everything began to change, and the atmosphere, both political and personal, reels off every page due to the high quality and attention to detail in the writing. Overall, Mother Trees is a superb cultural and historical work, not to be missed.