An eighth of August

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Crown Publishers,
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WithOnly Twice I've Wished for Heaven, Dawn Turner Trice established herself as a powerful and unique new fiction writer with a first novel called "touching and memorable" by theNew York Times. Now, withAn Eighth of August, she delivers on the promise of her stunning debut with an eloquent, evocative novel about the strong ties and haunting memories that bind family and friends in a small town. Since the late 1800s, Halley's Landing has commemorated the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation with one of the grandest festivals in the Midwest. Year after year, celebrants come from near and far to show off their best clothes, cook up special dishes, and pay tribute to the rich heritage of the former slaves who settled the Illinois town, hoping to piece together a life. But along with stories of the good times come unbearably painful memories and long-buried resentments. Narrated by a chorus of voices,An Eighth of Augustbegins with the Sunday church services of the 1986 celebration, a year after a terrible tragedy rocked the people of this close-knit community. The festival provides the backdrop for a vividly moving story that weaves together the lives and voices of the residents of Halley's Landing. We hear from strong-willed Flossie Jo Penticott and her estranged daughter, Sweet Alma, whose relationship has been torn apart by an unimaginable sorrow; Flossie's scatterbrained sister-in-law Thelma and her salt-of-the-earth husband, Herbert, who remain steadfastly devoted despite life's ups and downs; Aunt Cora, whose humor, generous spirit,  and large home provide refuge for the weary; and May Ruth, an eccentric older white woman who fits in like any other family member. As we grow to know and love these characters, we witness how this Emancipation Festival will offer up its own particular brand of freedom and herald a change in each of their lives. Like Gloria Naylor, Dawn Turner Trice draws us into a remarkable world inAn Eighth of Augustand invites us to spend time with a group of extraordinary individuals who linger long after the story is complete.
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subject_facet African American women -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Female friendship -- Fiction, Historical fiction, Middle West -- Fiction, Psychological fiction, United States. -- President (1861-1865 : Lincoln). -- Emancipation Proclamation -- Anniversaries, etc. -- Fiction, Women -- Middle West -- Fiction
title_display An eighth of August
title_full An eighth of August / by Dawn Turner Trice
title_short An eighth of August
topic_facet African American women, Anniversaries, etc, Female friendship, Women