Corinth by Gene Lassers

Gene Lassers
West County Investments (2017)
ISBN 9780962078422
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views

“Corinth” by Gene Lassers is a novel depicting life and times in small-town Corinth, Mississippi in 1947, right after the conclusion of World War II. 

This was a time of unease and unrest, as folks of all walks of life try to readjust and settle into a normal life after the war. The story weaves significant historical details into an entertaining, thought-provoking tale about racial inequality and the mind-set of many folks in the South during this era.

I enjoyed reading “Corinth.” The characters are easily believable for the time-period of the story and contain the depth appropriate for readers to feel and connect with. The dialogue, the settings, the entire narrative encapsulates that definitive era.

While meticulously descript, some of the narrative is not so easy to stomach, such as the stark contrast of the treatment and living conditions of the African American characters, as opposed to their white counterparts in the story. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The Ku Klux Klan is in full force in the story, albeit somewhat secretly, and there are a few graphic scenes displaying the vulgarity and offensiveness of the group.  An unsolved murder divides the town as federal authorities sweep in to try to restore justice to an unjust society.

I found “Corinth” to be a well-written novel, that is engrossing and compelling. Gene Lassers has a skillful way of telling an impressive story that will keep the reader’s interest throughout, while providing insightful information about a clearly controversial time in American history. It’s a story that will linger in your mind long after you finish reading. I recommend “Corinth” to fans of historical fiction surrounding WWII, especially those interested in reading about the reeling aftermath of the war.

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