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14 03, 2014

Review: The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

By | March 14th, 2014|Categories: African American, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


17251437Reviewed by Sara Padilla

Elaine Hussey’s The Sweetest Hallelujah tells the story of an unexpected friendship and a rare welcome into an unfamiliar community. The story takes place during the 1950s in the Deep South, a time of aggressive discrimination against people of color and tremendous potential for violence against neighbors who choose to go against the norm. Its main characters include a tough-minded white woman named Cassie, a widow with an open yet broken heart, and an African-American single mom named Betty Jewel, a formerly well-known jazz singer and performer who is very ill.

Betty Jewel is raising an independent young woman named Billie. Billie, in turn, is busy attempting to get to know the man she believes to be her father, also a jazz performer and an all around scoundrel. Without giving away the heart of the tale, Hussey introduces a

24 04, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden

By | April 24th, 2010|Categories: African American, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |139 Comments


glorious book coverReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Set in the 1920’s-1930’s and shifting between southern and northern states, Glorious explores the lives of African American authors through the eyes of a fictional character, Easter Bartlett.

After a series of family disasters, Easter Bartlett leaves her home in Waycross, Georgia at a young age with no certain destination in mind. As years go by, Easter “flies” through jobs and locations: an assistant to a vaudeville dancer, Rain, in a traveling circus, a teacher in a Church-owned school and so on. Her travels are propelled by betrayals – which are often caused by unscrupulous behavior on her part – that cause her to move on. Through it all, Easter’s constant is her writing and her ability to create beauty on paper at a time when most assumed that ‘colored’ folk were all illiterate.