Mattie and Pearlie live in the deep south in the 1940s. Being poor, Black and in love, made it almost impossible to exist in a world filled with bias and racism. Mysticism and spirituality are the underlying themes in this book about women who survive horrendous oppression by using common sense and mother wit.
This powerful novel deal with important themes such as race relations, coming of age, and the power of love. Below is an excerpt…
“I found the body hanging from the rafters of Momma Appie’s barn when I was seven years old. I stood staring at the figure, its head slumped to the side, face all twisted up, eyes bulging from the sockets. I was frozen there, caught in that space and time.
I heard Momma Appie calling me to supper. I moved my mouth, and at first nothing came out but air. Then the fog lifted from my head and I saw her face put back in place. Her eyes dancing like the last time I saw her. My soul escaped from my mouth as I screamed Momma!”
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Dr. Debraha Watson is a novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist. Her work has appeared in Black Hair: Art, Style and Culture, Material Feminism, It’s Worth the Struggle: Inspiration for Contemporary Writers; Paradise Valley Days; Days Dawn and Reverie Midwest African American Literature. She is also a former editor for the Detroit Writers Guild.
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