Unequally Divided is fascinating for its look at late 1960's social classes. Lower, middle and upper-class women in the novel have to deal with ordinary issues, such as how to get along with men. The differences between the 21st century and the Vietnam War era are huge. Harper's insight is at once pithy and poignant—a good read.
UNEQUALLY DIVIDED is a wonderful surprise from first time author Jane E. Harper. While it could be called a mixed race romance novel, it is also a historical remembrance of the late sixties: the Vietnam war, civil rights, political change, domestic abuse and the sociological push into marriage many young women experienced.
The contemporary music of the sixties brought her story into reality for me. Although the novel is chiefly set in Columbus and Fort Benning, Georgia, it periodically moves from the deep south to New Jersey, New York and Alaska. There are many aspects to this narrative that I have found in my own life and I don’t imagine I am that unusual. It was a happy reunion.
I really enjoyed it. The story was well crafted and the characters well developed. I really became invested in their lives. I dribbled a few tears, laughed and smiled a lot.