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By Deborah Johnson | Comments: ( 836 ) | Date: ( Sep 16, 2019 )

Revere, Mississippi, with its population of 20,000 and sinking is not unlike most Southern towns in the sixties Black people live on one side of town and whites live on the other The two rarely mix, or so everyone believes But the truth is brought to the forefront when Billy Ray Puckett, a white man wounded while hunting, shows up at the segregated Doctors Hospital NRevere, Mississippi, with its population of 20,000 and sinking is not unlike most Southern towns in the sixties Black people live on one side of town and whites live on the other The two rarely mix, or so everyone believes But the truth is brought to the forefront when Billy Ray Puckett, a white man wounded while hunting, shows up at the segregated Doctors Hospital No one thinks much of his death just a typical hunting accident until the sheriff orders an investigation.Suddenly the connections between whites and blacks are revealed to be deeper than anyone expected, which makes the town s struggle with integration that much complicated Dr Cooper Connelly, who hails from a prominent white family, takes an unexpectedly progressive view toward school integration while the esteemed Dr Reese Jackson, so prominent he has garnered an Ebony profile, tries to stay above the fray With fully realized characters and a mystery that will keep readers turning pages until the end, The Air Between Us is a heart filled, endearing tale.


  • Title: The Air Between Us: A Novel
  • Author: Deborah Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780061850226
  • Page: 251
  • Format: None

About Author:

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson was born below the Mason Dixon Line, in Missouri, but grew up in Omaha, Nebraska After college, she lived in San Francisco and then for many years in Rome, Italy where she worked as a translator and editor of doctoral theses and at Vatican Radio.Deborah Johnson is the author of The Air Between Us, which received the Mississippi Library Association Award for fiction She now lives in Columbus, Mississippi, and is working on her next novel.



Comments The Air Between Us: A Novel

  • Tiffany

    I can usually read a book pretty fast (as in a day or two), but for some reason it took forever for me to read this book. Was I bored? Was it predictable and totally transparent? Were the characters cliché?YES!I really did want to like "The Air Between Us" and was so ever hopeful that it would fulfill its promise of keeping me "guessing until the very end". I was guessing, alright, and guessed correctly. But I call that "knowing". Only one detail managed to escape me so the author deserves some [...]


  • Maclaine Robinson

    There was a lot of time spent on character development that I didn't understand and began to become annoyed with. Finally, I realized that the story wasn't only the events but the individual stories of the characters as well. I thought it was interesting when people didn't fit into the sterotypes they "belonged" in. Sad to see the story end. I wanted to follow the characters to the end of their lives.


  • Teresa

    At first I wasn't sure I was going to be able to read this book. It's been a while since I have read a book like this one. I usually read scifi fantasy type books and this was far from my normal genre. It took me a couple of chapters to get really into the groove of Deborah's story telling but when I did all was "gravy" ;). This 1960's southern tale took me back in time to a place I'm familiar with but we like to forget. Integration and civil rights affected the daily lives of people in the sout [...]


  • Mom

    Usually books about the Southern states are one of my favorite reads. However this book is a vivid reminder that the South is not just about glasses of iced tea, and a piece of pie, grits, beautiful fragrant magnolias and warmer climate. The struggle with racial integration is a continuing conflict that is a stain in this country and especially obvious in the South.


  • Stephanie

    This was a difficult book to read. The story is set in the 1960s in Mississippi and is listed as a mystery. The topic of desegration is on the minds of all the people in the small town of Revere. Two doctors (one white and one black) and their lives are the main focus of the story, but others they encounter are pulled in as supporting characters. The book began with the death of a poor white man (Billie Ray Puckett) that was delivered to the hospital by a young black child (Critter Tate). During [...]


  • ZaBethMarsh

    I loved this book because it showed that everyone is flawed, everyone has secrets, and yet we are all in control of our own lives. People make choices every day. You don't know what goes on until you walk a day in another man's shoes. Deborah Johnson has woven an amazing story with rich characters. You want to know more about each of them. Every page hints that each character has more to tell you. You want to find that piece of the puzzle that will make it all make sense. Integration is coming i [...]


  • Deanne

    I just finished this book and still can't decide if I liked it or not. It was a good premise and definitely a story worth telling, but I'm just not sure the author did it justice. She seemed to try awfully hard to flesh out the characters, but I didn't really find any of them to be particularly likeable. Plus, I thought she spent too much time defining minor characters who only ended up being a small part of the story. All in all, it made for a somewhat slow and awkward read. I kind of liked the [...]


  • Michaela

    Wowis is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It was a mystery, but not told in the usual format that a mystery follows. It also dealt with the issues of race and desegregation in such a way that it offered an opportunity for a deeper understanding if the history and issues without preaching, and gave a tremendous amount of insight into the anger and frustration that still exists when we talk about race still in this country. The writing was descriptive and almost lyrical at points. [...]


  • Suzanne

    Earlier this week, I read Deborah Johnson's latest book, The Secret of Magic. It was so good, I had to read this one. I read it in just one day, I literally couldn't put it down and carried it from room to room with me. Obviously, I loved it. Beautifully written with great characters and story with a twist that I didn't guess. I usually can figure out twists and turns but this one came out of nowhere. Can't wait for Ms. Johnson's next book!


  • Michelle Wallace

    I love this book, and find myself surprised at the loving. I did not expect to become so wrapped up with the story and the characters. This story was expertly developed, and believably told. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  • Cindy

    I enjoyed this book because it focuses on a different dimension of the segregation theme. I do not want to spoil it by saying more than this. I love books that totally surprise me and this one's revelation certainly did that!


  • Kristin

    Set in the tumultuous 60's in Mississippi getting ready for integration, not much happens. Starts with a white man being brought to the hospital by a young black boy and goes downhill from there. Secrets are revealed but it is pretty anti-climatic.


  • Susan

    Interesting perspective of life in the south in the sixties.It does "read"the way of life in the south, lots of stories that are offshoots of the main story, slow and steady ~ so it can be slow at times, but that is life in the south.


  • Ckopphills

    The Air Between Us is a novel that attempts to cross a lot of divides. Not only does the story itself address those notions of self that divide us (race, gender, class), but the format of the novel attempts several different genres (it's part mystery, part medical drama, part social history of a small town in the deep South during the Civil Rights era). Ostensibly about two male doctors--black doctor Reese Jackson and white doctor Cooper Connelly-- and their struggles to live and practice in a t [...]


  • Helen Gurley

    Loved the start of this book, really gripping, which was great as I could get my teeth into it early. It waned a little in the middle as it seemed to drag a little with some of the characters. However I did like the twist at the end and overall found it an enjoyable read with good subject matter and issues raised.


  • Alicia

    This book was such a page-turner! I loved it!!!


  • Kathy Gilliland

    Book is set in the 1960s in Mississippi. Really makes you think. We still have a ways to go in this country.


  • Juniper

    Set in the South during the 60s. Part mystery, love story and a study of racial relations and tensions. I liked it a lot.


  • Hope

    Actual rating = 3.5The Air Between Us takes place in Revere, Mississippi, a fictional town deeply divided along racial, and in some cases, economic lines. Most of the town's residents stay true to the social norms of the times and do not attempt to rock the integration boat. The town is fortunate to have two physicians: Dr. Cooper Connelly (white) and Dr. Reese Jackson (black). Both doctors primarily cater to members of their own race, but, there are, undoubtedly, exceptions to every rule. Dr. C [...]


  • Paul Pessolano

    Deborah Johnson puts together a good story that takes place in Revere, Mississippi in the 1960's. The theme revolves around a small deep southern town that is fraught with segregation and facing the inevitable coming of integration.Everything in Revere is segregated, water fountains, movies, schools, and hospitals. A black person is expected to step off the sidewalk when approached by a white woman.The story opens up with a young black boy driving a poor white man, Billy Ray Puckett, to the hosp [...]


  • Shannon

    03/10: Picked this up in a basket of books when getting my hair cut. What a find! Took me forever to get into this one, and I could not understand all the veiled references. But, the ending colors (punn intended) the entire book. Read through this a second time after learning "the rest of the story."Back Cover: Revere, Mississippi, with it's population of "20,000 and sinking" is not unlike most Southern towns in the 1960s. Black people live on one side of town, and whites on the other. On the bl [...]


  • Alee

    The Air Between Us is Deborah Johnson's first novel. Set in Revere, Mississippi in the 1960s, this book tells the story of two doctors, one black and one white, working to save lives while surrounded by racial barriers. Cooper Connelly, the white doctor, was born with little but managed to raise himself to high status. Reese Jackson, the black doctor, came from poverty as well. Cooper is deeply involved with promoting rights for blacks, a very unpopular opinion in his time and place.Throughout t [...]


  • Rachel

    I really wanted to love this book. It started off strong, with intriguing characters and events. I found that the beginning led to a number of predictions and I quickly read through the first half, quite interested to see what happened next. Then, around the halfway mark, the book lost me. I found myself struggling to keep up with the plot. I felt as though the characters and events kept building, but there was too much time in between each character's story and too little detail of the events t [...]


  • Sharon

    The Air Between Us is set in the 1960's in Revere, Mississippi at the beginning of federally mandated school intergration. Revere (think Mayberry but with the dark underside of black/white relations) is a small town where everyone knows everyone. Blacks and whites live separate lives--or do they? There is a lot going on under the surface.I found the relationships interesting and people were not the usual racial stereotypes. In fact, the character I found most interesting was Deanie-a black Jacki [...]


  • Alisa

    A wonderfully written, character-driven novel, with certainly some minor autobiographical elements woven in. This is a story of changing times, and how to respond to them, with true friendship and love, despite our own flaws, shortcomings, and complicated sense of each other. Johnson skillfully captures a time in history when the quiet acts of courage, and the combined selflessness and selfishness, could bring out the best in each other. She also highlights the moral ambiguities that we live wit [...]


  • Dina Roberts

    I really wanted to like this book. The characters seemed interesting to me. But for some reason, I kept drifting in and out. I'm not sure if I daydreamed through the book because it bored me, or if it bored me, because I didn't give it proper attention.I ended up paying more attention at the end, and what I read, made me wish I had paid more attention earlier.I DID pay enough attention to know that the book is about the relationship between white people and black people in a segregated town. I t [...]


  • Niki

    Wow, does this book ever turn around at the end! It has a very slow beginning. It's about a sleepy Mississippi town. Maybe that's why Deborah Johnson's descriptions made me sowell, sleepy!! Just past the middle you start to get a sense that there is a mystery to be uncovered and the book keeps picking up speed from there. Great story about small town life in the South in the 1960s and all that came with it. Relationships between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, childhood friends, fortune te [...]


  • Marek

    The Air Between Us is an interesting look into the lives of white and black folk in the South before and during the genesis of Integration. I didn't quite know what exactly was going on or what information I was supposed to have figured out as I was reading through the novel, but I'm certain Johnson was intentional in creating the book that way.The air, itself, becomes a beautiful metaphor for the two main characters of the novel (Drs. Jackson and Connelly) and their relationship with those arou [...]


  • Shelley Gingrich

    While billed as a mystery, this book held few surprises. The character development and sense of place were excellent, but I found myself wondering just what the plot was. The suspicious death? Integration? A troubled marriage? Skippy's injury? While everything seemed to be tied up at the end, I was disappointed that the end was not as eloquent as the beginning. I felt like the author had a self-imposed page limit and had to finish in a hurry.I started loving this, got a bit bogged down with all [...]


  • Jane

    This novel keeps the reader turning the pages to find out the secret that Dr. Connelly has and to discover the real cause of death of Billy Ray Puckett, the poor white man from a small town in Mississippi. It is set against the turbulent times of 1966 integration in the South. Although some readers have defined the characters as stereotypes, my experience of the South says they are very real. In effect, each person wears a "mask," not admitting their real selves until the end. I enjoyed the book [...]


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