Title: Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle
Publisher: Lavenson Pr
Book Condition: Good
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0978910230I3N10
Synopsis: Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle is sequel to the novel Fifth Born. Set in New York s Harlem and in rural Mississippi during the late 1970 s and 80 s, the novel is reminiscent in tone to Alice Walker s The Color Purple. The story is rich in its portrayal of both the urban and rural spirit, and prolific in its human teachings that demonstrate the love necessary for reconnecting with family members estranged by family violence. When Odessa Blackburn is first left in Mississippi to negotiate a new life with her ostracized mother Ella Mae, the strains of family propaganda, puberty, and life away from her siblings make for compounded heartache. Odessa and Ella Mae must negotiate toward patience and a new way of loving without violence. Soon mother and daughter build a bridge out of their broken lives over which Odessa s oldest brother Lamont crosses. The novel blossoms into the story of these young adult siblings. Though the two are estranged early in childhood by the lies and myths born of family pain, they become emotionally reliant on each other for a sense of family. Following Lamont s death from AIDS, Odessa is faced with her own grieving, and with fulfilling Lamont s request for connection with their estranged siblings. The novel s arc takes the reader over the complicated waters of family division due to incest and homophobia. Against a contrasted backdrop of pastoral bluesy tones of Mississippi and jazzy asphalt and graffiti rifts of Harlem, these difficult subjects are traversed melodically and lyrically. The reader is offered the triumphant depiction of an adult survivor who overcomes obstacles set against her at birth and safely returns home.
About the Author: ZELDA LOCKHART is author of the award winning novel Fifth Born, which was a 2002 Barnes & Noble Discovery selection and won a finalist award for debut fiction from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Foundation. Her second novel Cold Running Creek won a 2008 Honor Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Ms. Lockhart holds the honor of the 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature in North Carolina. Her other works of fiction, poetry and essays can be found in a variety of anthologies, journals and magazines. Ms. Lockhart lives in North Carolina and continues to lecture and facilitate a variety of workshops that empower adults and children to self-define through writing. She is currently compiling an anthology of short stories which chronicles the lives of nine elders from nine nations.
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