The Game of Love and Death

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough


Genre: YA/Historical Fiction

Life is a temporary condition. And it’s uncertain. That’s why you have to sieze the chances when you find them. Pursue what you want. Take risks. Live, love…all of it. Every last one of us is going to die but if we don’t live as we truly want, if we’re not with the one we want to be with, we’re dead already.


*deep breath* Every so often a book comes along that will knock your socks off. Filled with originality and beautiful prose, this one hit me pretty hard in the feels. The author painted a beautiful picture of what it means to truly love, lose and win.

There is a game that Love and Death have played since the dawn of time. Helen and Troy. Romeo and Juliet. They pick the pawns and the stakes. This time they find themselves in Seattle during the 1930’s, with the uprising of Hoovervilles, the dawn of and height of the great depression and their pawns are chosen. Flora is a young African American girl who has dreams of being a pilot like Amelia Erheart and sings in a nightclub. Henry is a boy (adopted by a friends family after the death of his father) who dreams of a life with his cello. The stage is set, the curtain drops, and the greatest game of chess begins.

This book broke barriers. Set in a time where it was frowned upon for mixed relationships, homosexulaity, and the division between the poor and the rich. Also the satanic jazz music age. This book was highly original and was written beautifully. I was completely blown away by the imagery that Love and Death portrayed.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a unique and beautifully written story. It was also close to home as I reside in the PNW (right across the water actually from Seattle) and it was a good look into the history and how some things may have been percieved. Completely astounding and breathtaking. I managed to finish it in one sitting (about 4 hours) with a lap cat.


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