Thursday, April 28, 2016
Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
Today's Throwback Thursday feature was released in 1995, but takes the reader to 1950's Mississippi, so you know it gets really ugly really fast. Atrocities spawned by racism causes fear, anger, and heartache in this one, so brace yourself if you read this one. It's not currently unavailable as an eBook, but you can find bargains via the vendors on Amazon as well as an Audible audio book. Ms. Campbell was a talent lost way too young. If you haven't read any of her books do yourself a favor and check her out. She even wrote an autobiography entitled Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad.
Now, in her first novel, repercussions are felt for decades in a dozen lives after a racist beating turns to cold-blooded murder in a small 1950s Mississippi town.
Chicago-born Amrstrong Tood is fifteen, black, and unused to the ways of the segregated Deep South, when his mother sends him to spend the summer with relatives in rural Mississippi. For speaking a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, Armstrong is killed. And the precariously balanced world and its determined people--white and black--are changed, then and forever, by the horror of poverty, the legacy of justice, and the singular gift of love's power to heal.