Fabyan Place is an emotional, thought invoking read of prejudice, racism, and being a prisoner of war.
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Should racism prevent you fighting for your country?
Does bigotry still live even after a war has ended?
Must standing at the gates of hell in a POW camp forever change a man?
Memories of his internment as a prisoner echo as a young war veteran returns to his family and an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced on Christmas morning.
The guest brings memories of the war, the horrors of the camps and the life-altering changes in his own psyche as his family prepares for their annual feast.
Fabyan Place is an engrossing suspenseful historical fiction novel about two mixed race young men from urban New Jersey and rural Georgia whose experiences clash in a Nazi concentration camp.
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Fabyan Place is a book that stays with you. A callow young man goes to war and confronts his prejudice, forming an unlikely friendship in a POW camp with another soldier. They each know a secret about the other that could be a death sentence. Deeply researched with fascinating details and unforgettable characters, moving and thought-provoking, the story rises to a ferocious finish that will take your breath away. – — Kay Williams, co-author, The Matryoshka Murders and Butcher of Dreams
Enthusiasts of this genre will be impressed by the book’s authenticity. The author has a deep knowledge of the Second World War and offers many historical insights and details that I was not aware of. — David Aretha, editor, World War II Chronicle and The Holocaust Chronicle
Fabyan Place was an interesting read; different from what I am used to reading.
I will admit, there were some slow parts to the story that had difficulty holding my attention, but there were other parts of the story that held my attention – gripped and would not let go. For example, the beginning was, in my personal opinion, drawn out and while it was giving us a picture of the now; I didn’t feel a connection to that part of the story. Yet, learning about Sonny and John individually, had me engrossed. I could not turn the pages fast enough to learn about each man, their history, and their journey to the war.
Fabyan Place gave us an “insider” perspective of prejudice and racism during WWII – not just among the Jewish, but from people of color – as well as “insider” perspective of being POW in WWII. The story evoked such emotion while reading. You cannot read a story like this and not wonder what it would have been like to be alive during that time (or a part of that situation.) It is definitely a thought provoking story.
As mentioned, this book was definitely different than what I usually read, but I did enjoy reading it. If you are one who enjoys historical fiction or enjoy books about the war; I feel you would enjoy this book and should give it a read.
About the Author
Pete Angus spent his early years in New York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the 1940s.