Sherry Jo Saunders
Reviewed by Marissa Libbit for Reader Views (07/10)
“Do Boy” by Sherry Jo Saunders is the fictional story of Do Boy, a young black man living in post Civil War South Carolina. Raised by Mannie, Do Boy is taught to be a respectable man. The Rose family for whom Mannie works has also produced fine young men, whom Mannie also helped to raise. When she dies Do Boy is presented with a secret from one of these men that will change his life, but an unfortunate encounter changes Do Boy’s life path forever. Do Boy leaves home and rediscovers life with an odd mix of people including Savannah, a headstrong Southern businesswoman and Ollie, a large mute. Together these unlikely alliances create a new form of family. Do Boy’s past catches up to him in the end.
I enjoyed “Do Boy.” The characters are an eclectic mix that I could easily define in my mind. They certainly would have raised eyebrows at that time in history when racial lines were still drawn clearly. I admired Savannah’s refusal to be told “no,” reminiscent of Scarlett O’Hara.
There are unexpected twists that will surprise the reader, though sometimes the story appeared a bit predictable. However, I don’t need to be constantly surprised to be entertained, and “Do Boy” did entertain me.
I think I mispronounced the main character’s name throughout the book as “Dough” Boy when it is actually “Due Boy.” I was a bit confused. All loose ends tie up nicely as Ms. Saunders tells a pleasurable story in “Do Boy.”