LIAR’S BENCH by Kim Michele Richardson, (c) 2015. Mudas Summers (How’s that for a given name? Mudas!) The day Mudas Summers turned 17 her mother Ella died. Other’s in town think she tired of her second husband’s abuse and killed herself, but Muddy doesn’t agree! Muddy’s almost boyfriend Bobby Marshall is hiding a secret, he passes for white but his slave ancestor Frannie Crow was hung on a nearby plantation over a century ago in 1860. This story deals with bigotry and brutality down South. It seems to be a good story so far.
WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (c) 2010. This historical novel starts out in pre Civil War Ohio where Southern slaveholders bring their mistress slaves to a hunting camp called Tawawa House. Here we meet four black mistress’s and other black slaves as we learn their stories. Of course the women are tempted by the free blacks life styles in Ohio. One day a fire at the resort sets off a string of tragedies, and the women of the resort learn to cope with the situations. Here I am an old, fat, gray haired white woman.. you’re never too old to learn something new. I know this is just a novel but it’s got a ring of the truth about it for slaves of the past and the present.
NOTE: Well written historical novel.
RUSH HOME ROAD by Lori Lansens, (c) 2002. This is a wonderful book! I highly recommend it! I want to read more of her books in the future.This is the story of a poor mixed race Canadian child named Sharla Cody. She’s sadly neglected by her whoring mother and sexually abusive boyfriends. Finally she is abandoned and left to raise by a little old colored lady down the street named Addy Shadd. The story weaves memories of Addy’s life in with the present raising of little Sharla who was never raised to know right from wrong or about being clean. I’m enjoying the book a lot and know you will also. This is the third book I’ve read recently that takes place in Canada. I wonder if the same person didn’t donate a bunch to our old library.
NOTE: I REALLY enjoyed this book! Please read it. It was heartwarming , it was not a real tear jerker, but it made my eyes water a little at the end..