Hello and thank you for reading Out of Summer. I'm very grateful for the support I have gotten so far and hope you will all continue to stick with me until the end (it may be frustrating. I know how irregular I update).
I wanted to address a few of the themes in Out of Summer that I felt was important to clarify. As you all know, it is set in the 19th century. I've left the exact date ambiguous, unfortunately, because I couldn't quite decide on a time frame I liked. I hope I've captured a certain 19th century feel nonetheless.
Out of Summer is not a historically accurate piece of fiction. During the 19th century, racism and misogyny was rampant throughout North America. Jonah would not have been able to attend school. Ms. Abercrombie would be allowed to own property in her own name, however, a widow raising a child by herself would be extremely frowned upon. I have touched upon these themes in the story and will continue to do so.
I have not accurately described the discrimination and hardship that people of color and women have went through during the 19th century. By no means do I want to gloss over these things or imply that they were not as severe as they seemed. Only in the early 1960s were black children allowed to go to an all-white school, and Jonah experiences merely a fraction of what black children went through during his time.
The last thing I want is to appear unsensitive towards the racism and societal prejudices that occurred during the time period Out of Summer is set during. I hope my readers recognize that Out of Summer is historically inaccurate, and while it will touch upon many of the themes I have discussed, it will not delve deeply into such topics.
Even so, I acknowledge that I have not done enough research, and apologize if it appears as if I am brushing aside the societal issues that happened during the 19th century. That has never been my intention. I hope that, despite the inaccuracies, Out of Summer is enjoyable and you will all continue to read it.
I can't thank you all enough for your support. I wish to see Out of Summer to its end, and ask that you stay with me until it does.