Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle

Zelda Lockhart **Inscribed by Author**

Published by Lavenson Pr, 2010
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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.

From the Back Cover: Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle is set in both 1980’s rural Mississippi, and New York’s Harlem. The novel tells the story of adult siblings Odessa Lacey and Lamont Blackburn. The two are estranged early in childhood by the lies and myths born of family pain, but become emotionally reliant on each other for a sense of family. Following Lamont’s death from complications associated with the AIDS virus. Odessa is faced with her own grieving, and with fulfilling Lamont’s request for connection with their siblings. The novel’s arc takes the reader over the complicated waters of family estrangement due to incest and homophobia. These difficult subjects are traversed melodically and lyrically, landing the reader in the redemptive faith that adult survivors of abuse and their families have the potential to overcome obstacles set against them at birth.

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Title: Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle
Publisher: Lavenson Pr
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition

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