Pillar of Salt

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This is a powerful story of a black man’s struggle to raise his son in a period of overt discrimination and segregation in America. Diversified characters portray the reality of the period, as the author skillfully weaves one into their lives with humor, pathos and drama. Jess Barker, a hard working laborer. lives with his son, Johnny in the milieu of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1930’s and 40’s era of the great depression. Joblessness, hunger and depravation are prevalent. Jess, defies barriers as he strives to make a living and provide a quality education for his son. Although poverty is a constant obstacle, living is rich and colorful in an integrated setting. Neighbors are supportive and coexist. A series of women play important roles in Jess' life. Although color is a barrier, love blooms and tragedy results. A destructive bitterness is born from the seeds of discrimination. Jess' ambition for his son, Johnny’s reactions, love and reality bring this novel to a historic conclusion.

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Evelyn Allen Johnson is a registered nurse and graduated Cum Laude from Freedmens' Hospital School of Nursing, which was replaced by Howard University School of Nursing. She later attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she obtained a B.S.N. and P.H.N. Johnson has vast nursing experience including Public School Nursing and Nursing Administration. She is an award-winning author, having received the Vassie D. Wright Award for her novel, My Neighbor's Island. She has also written numerous other works including, Get The Show On The Road and a book of poetry, A Nurse's Notes.

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A lesson in history, life and race tops this classic novel about Black life in America during the Great Depression years of the 1930s. It's such an eye-opening filled with drama and an understanding of tragedy, violence and love. Pillar of Salt is for both the Black and White reader to experience and become educated on the social turmoil of America. Another powerful novel abut emotions and life's lessons. --Portia A. Scott, Atlanta Daily World

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