The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough; 2015; $17.99; 329 pages; Arthur A. Levine Books, New York, NY;978-0-545-66834-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 7/21/15-7/28/15
Not since The Book Thief has an emotion or concept been so effectively channeled as a character. Through the ages Love and Death have played a game to see which is stronger. This game starts in Seattle in 1920 with two players from disparate backgrounds who will have to face immeasurable odds just on their own, but death keeps complicating things, as if an African American and a Caucasian didn’t face enough odds in the USA in the 30’s and 40’s. Baseball, jazz, aviation all provide the background for a moving love story of two people fighting almost impossible odds.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, there were parts of this that I left this world and inhabited the world of the book. Everything that was around me dissolved when Martha talked about baseball in an early chapter and later when Henry interacted with Jazz music and when Flora flew. Martha I was moved deeply. Thank you.
What is with the title of the review? The were parts of the story that transported me to another place and time and I felt that I was not on the bus reading but inhabiting the story.