FLOWERS FOR THE LIVING (NOVEL)
A riveting story of the after effects of a suicidal African-American teenager forcing a young white cop to kill him, Flowers for the Living follows Emma Jennings, the teenager’s mother, and Russell “Rusty” Carter, Jr., the rookie cop who shot him, as the boy’s death sparks a race riot, consumes Emma and Rusty with guilt, and puts them both in the crosshairs of a deranged gunman.
The only place Emma and Rusty find refuge from the chaos engulfing them is the teenager’s serenely beautiful grave. They are compulsively drawn to it and cannot help but encounter each other there despite their best efforts. It is through those initially awkward meetings that they establish a bond they must ultimately rely on to rebuild their lives and help heal their city.
Texas Review Press, 2016.
STANDING ON HOLY GROUND: A TRIUMPH OVER HATE CRIME IN THE DEEP SOUTH (NONFICTION)
After a vicious hate crime destroyed St. John Baptist Church in Dixiana, South Carolina, in 1984, two courageous women risked their lives to organize the rebuilding effort. Ammie Murray, a white union leader, and her African-American friend Barbara Simmons braved death threats to successfully lead an interracial group of volunteers to reconstruct the historic African-American church. But their joy was short-lived. In 1995, St. John was the first of more than one hundred southern black churches plagued by a series of arsons during a two-year period.
The obstacles to erecting the church once more seemed insurmountable but proved no match for the tenacity of those determined to see St. John rise again. Standing on Holy Ground is an inspiring tale that proves friendship, reconciliation, spiritual strength, and enduring hope can transcend racial hatred.
University of South Carolina Press, 2005.
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