Below you will find the books Sunday's in Savannah read throughout 2009...Enjoy!
The Someday List
By: Stacy Hawkins-Adams
Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? The Someday List is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers' hearts.
Far From The Tree
By: Donna Grant and Virginia DeBerry
Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant life. But secretly, she is terrified: her marriage is falling apart and her need to control the people around her threatens to alienate her entire family. And Celeste allows no one to see how vulnerable she really is. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. Her life, however, is a lie: she has no money, has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit," though she wants everyone to think that her life is one of high glamour and budding fame. When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina. Their mother, Della, is adamant that they forget about going there and dredging up the past. Because Della has secrets she'd rather not see come to light-secrets and heartbreak she's kept from everyone for years. Neither Ronnie, Celeste, nor Della realize just what their trip to Prosper will uncover and they must discover for themselves who they really are, who they really love, and what the future holds for them. Far From The Tree is a novel that asks the questions: can the past ever truly remain hidden? Can mothers and daughters put aside their usual roles long enough to get to really know each other? Long enough to see they each have felt the love, loss, heartache and joy that they share as women. And can two strangers realize that they are, and always will be, sisters?
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect. That is the device deployed in the first novel by poet and singer Sapphire. "Sometimes I wish I was not alive," Precious says. "But I don't know how to die. Ain' no plug to pull out. 'N no matter how bad I feel my heart don't stop beating and my eyes open in the morning." An intense story of adversity and the mechanisms to cope with it.
Jump At The Sun
By: Kim McLarin
For better or worse, each generation influences the next, and Grace does not know which generation of women in her family she resembles most. Her grandmother Royal was born into poverty in the south, one step up from slavery, and was willing to do anything to get away--including leaving her children. Mattie, her eldest daughter, would do anything for the love that her mother never gave her. She worked hard and sacrificed everything for family, even putting her children at risk financially to help her mother when she needed money. Grace, Mattie's daughter, appears to have the perfect life--a graduate degree in sociology, a loving stable husband and two young daughters--but she isn't sure that she's cut out for motherhood. As McLarin exposes how the past affects the present, she considers the problems facing African American women. With her distinctive style and unique perspective, McLarin gives her readers a thought-provoking story concerning the burdens of expectation each generation of women must bear.
Life Is Short But Wide
By: J. California Cooper
This is “a story about love: hard-to-find, hard-to-get, hard-to-keep love.” The narrator is 91-year-old Hattie B. Brown, who, along with her 105-year-old mother, relates the saga of a family that begins with Val Strong, a Native American cattle driver, and Irene, the African American woman he comes to love. Between them they build a life in Wideland, Oklahoma, with a house and some land. Their daughters, Rose and Tante, want different lives. Tante gets her PhD and moves to Paris, while Rose stays in the home she grew up in, continuing to teach poor children. Another family story, of Herman Tenderman, emerges parallel to this one. It is when the two stories, or families, come together that the “hard” love story begins and winds its agonizing way to happiness. Cooper tells her story with simplicity and grace. No apologies are made for the foolishness or baseness of any of her characters, and she freely sermonizes and moralizes whenever she feels it is called for. The result is a poignant and often-funny story of people trying to survive and find someone to love. ~Elizabeth Dickie
Child of God
By: Lolita Files
Everybody knows everybody else's business in Downtown, Tennessee. Neighbors while away afternoons at the local bar, swapping rumors about voodoo, incest, and illegitimate children. Usually they're gossiping about the Botens.
In this epic saga, Lolita Files unveils the hidden lives of three generations of the Boten clan, a family as cursed by fate as they are blessed with hope. There's Grandma Amalie, who's willing to sacrifice everything for her son; there's Grace, who manages to conceal the identity of her child's father for more than twenty years; there's Aunt Sukie, whose strange power over her husband, Walter, is matched only by the strength of her dark magic; and, finally, there's Lay, whose secret betrayals will set the Boten clan in motion, sending its members on a quest for self-discovery that will lead them from one end of the world to the other.
From the drug-infested world of inner-cite Detroit to the jungles of Vietnam, Lolita Files deftly captures one family’s struggle to drag their demons out into the light in this compelling story of the bonds of blood, forbidden love, sacrifice, and redemption.
This Bitter Earth
By: Bernice L. McFadden
Redemption and reunion figure prominently in McFadden's sequel to Sugar (2000), this time focusing on the life of the mysterious woman who came to the small town of Bigelow, Arkansas, and unleashed gossip, passions, and long-buried secrets. Having survived a near-fatal slashing, Sugar Lacey retraces her sorrowful life--back to Short Junction and the Lacey sisters who raised her in a whorehouse, back to St. Louis and Mary who helped her recover, and finally back to Bigelow to reconcile her past. But she returns with Mercy, Mary's drug-addicted granddaughter, now an orphan. The 1960s and the Vietnam War have taken their toll on the residents of Bigelow, compounding the human frailties of grief and revenge and the power of secrets. Sugar is reunited with solid Joe Taylor, emotionally fragile Pearl, angry Seth, and reticent J. J. But her tragic past also returns in the person of Lappy Clayton, who threatens to destroy the place Sugar has made for herself. To fully understand and appreciate this complex, vivid novel, be sure to read Sugar first.
By: Bernice L. McFadden
McFadden's debut novel is an earthy slice of life in a small Southern town. When Sugar, a prostitute who never had a chance for love or a normal life, moves into the house next door to Pearl, a matron who lost her spirit after the murder of her daughter 15 years before, the two women form a bond strong enough to withstand even the most vicious gossip. But secrets from both of their pasts may prove too much even for these two compelling women, and Sugar must choose between her dreams for something better and the people she has learned to love. McFadden captures the full character of small-town life and the strengths and weaknesses of its people. This novel of friendship and loss is an excellent addition to the growing body of work by young African American writers. Recommended for all libraries.
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