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Reader Reviews of  Reparations from First Look

Reparations is a first rate courtroom drama that delivers everything it promised and more. I enjoyed reading about race relations in Canada during the 60’s and 70’s. I found the friendship between Ray and Ward genuine… Secrets, politics and courtroom drama bring their story to a climatic ending that won’t disappoint readers.

–Mary Ellen (Brampton, ON)

This was such an amazing read. It had me hooked in the beginning and I couldn’t put it down when I got within the last 100 pages – staying up into the wee hours. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and how they flowed into each other. Stephen Kimber took some hard topics (racism, politics) and wrote about them with grace and style. I admired the research that Mr. Kimber did in order to write this book. My favorite part was the theme pertaining to race relations. This is surely a winner written by a winning author. My first book by this author but definitely not my last.

–Shelley (Abbotsford, BC)

An immensely satisfying read, I was drawn in from beginning to end. A riveting search for truth and justice in an atmosphere of political maneuverings and racial unrest, Stephen Kimber weaves a noble tale of two lives. A book I would recommend highly.

–Laura (Toronto, ON)

Bravo! This was an incredible read. Stephen Kimber can add story-teller to his list of accomplishments. The reader cannot help but both love and hate the main characters simultaneously. Kimber transports his audience back to a time of racial inequality that most Canadians believe existed only in the southern United States. However, despite all this the novels character Ward Justice re-affirms our faith in the human condition in his attempt to right the wrongs he has committed against his one time childhood friend Carter. In the final pages of the novel I believe a poignant message is put forth; in the end we all leave this world, this life the same way. Death, unlike man is objective.

–Anastasia (Thronhill, ON)

Reparations by Stephen Kimber is a great page turner! I thoroughly enjoyed his take of evacuation of Black Nova Scotians form Africville. I learned a great deal about this horrible time in Nova Scotia’s history and its repercussions today. Kimber uses a fictional court trial in present day Nova Scoita to explore this period of history. I found the characters to be believable and they captured my heart. The twists and turns of the plot kept me reading and guessing. It is also a very interesting insight into Maritime politics of this era. I think that Mr. Kimber has captured the times and the people of Nova Scotia admirably!

–Donald (Saint John, NB)

This book was so interesting I could barely put it down. It really relates to humanity and how race and academic differences can pull a friendship apart. I really enjoyed reading something that could hit so close to home, not only geographically but also mentally. I would encourage anyone to read this book as a self help in showing how our blind nature and secretiveness can tear us and our family apart.

–Amanda (Saint  John, NB)

ISBN: 0002005646; On Sale: 03/17/2006;
Format: Hardcover; Pages: 320; $19.95(CAN)