By Sena Jeter Naslund
Weaving jointly the lives of blacks and whites, racists and civil rights advocates, and the occasions of peaceable protest and violent repression, Sena Jeter Naslund creates a tapestry of yank social transformation right now intimate and epic.
In Birmingham, Alabama, twenty-year-old Stella Silver, an idealistic white collage scholar, is shipped reeling off her measured direction through occasions of 1963. Combining political activism with unmarried parenting and night-school instructing, African American Christine Taylor discovers she needs to heal her personal bruised center to actualize significant social swap. encouraged by means of the braveness and dedication of the civil rights flow, the kid Edmund Powers embodies wish for destiny swap. during this novel of maturation and progress, Naslund makes very important the intersection of religious, political, and ethical forces that experience redefined America.
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Just one fountain, and a plastic tube of paper cups beside it. You could pull down a cup, step on the foot treadle, and when the water arced up, catch your drink in the little white cup. Pretty little cup, sides all folded into pleats and a rolled rim around the top. Kind you could put mints in, or nuts, for a child’s birthday party. Agnes could work in Accessories, not be 9 32 9 four spirits back in Shoes in the corner. Accessories right there in the front of the store soon as you walked in. —on a chain, then the dark blue leg and the whole of a policeman.
C h r i s t i n e wa l k i n g eight white ministers, christine knew, had written King a letter (she thought about this as she walked home through the stiﬂing night from the Athens Cafe and Bar). Eight white ministers had told him his coming to Birmingham was untimely, unwise. King was an outsider; he ought to let Birmingham folks work out Birmingham problems, in the name of Our Lord and Savior, so said eight white ministers in the spring of 1963. Christine’s beautiful martini ran in her veins while she walked the night street toward home.
Not just be the bathroom maid, run the elevator. The Fielding brothers were Methodists, supported the Salvation Army. They had an annual Christmas party, and last year, Agnes phoned the Fielding’s switchboard and asked if black people could come, and she said the telephone operator girl just sang it out: “Everybody welcome, black and white”—she had a white voice for sure—“come on down. ” When she hung up the receiver, Agnes just sang it out again, in an imitation white voice right at the decorated tree: “We got cheese and crackers and cider and Santa Claus,” but she was happy, not making fun.