by J. Ronald M. York
St. Broadway Press, LLC
I wanted to read KEPT IN THE DARK primarily because of the Nashville connection -- I have a nearly insatiable desire to read true stories about cities I've lived in. The dark subject matter gave me pause as I wasn't sure I wanted to read about sordid family secrets.
It has to take a lot of something I don't have to share such a "controversial and uncomfortable" secret with the public. My first question was "Why?" According to York, "...my hope in sharing this would be that it might help someone in a similar situation." This is an admirable position, and one I cannot doubt is true.
York's story takes us from his youth in Florida until his adulthood in Nashville. After his Father's death, he found a box of letters that had been written between his parents during an eight-month* period in the 1950's that resulted in York feeling anger, hurt, confusion, and frustration. I can only imagine the feeling, upon discovering such a family secret, that you can never ask your parents any questions. All you get is what the letters tell you and what you intuit or learn though them.
I don't like giving too many specific details in these little reviews that I do, so I won't tell you the secret. If you guess, you'll probably get close, but not exactly spot on.
Kept in the Dark is a quick read, if a little sad. There are lots of victims (of various types) in the book, but the writer does seem to have a more level head than I would in this situation. I have to commend him for the courage to tell his story and for the strength to not be angry.
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