Monday, April 30, 2007
The Forthcoming: Michelle McGriff - Colored Summer
Although attitudes have changed considerably since the 50’s, finding out that you have a trait for a blood disease predominately predisposed to black people would shake up the average person. That’s what happened to Thea Fairbanks when she went for a prenuptial physical. Thea looks to her father’s family for answers. She takes her grandmother Emma Fairbanks on an outing in order to ask more questions about their family’s past. Colored Summer is taught that her looks and skin tones are curses from God, punishments for her mother’s sins of having a child out of wedlock.
Hoping that somewhere the air is lighter, cleaner—blowing something other than prejudice and hate her way—Emerald starts her journey to discovery. Leaving behind her life—the good, a childhood love that will never die, as well as the bad, a life darkened by intra-racial prejudice—she comes out west, where the air is indeed blowing differently. For Emerald, who changes her name to Emma, it is blowing white and she finds herself in a new life, with a new identity. But can she cut loose her past and the tie that binds her heart; can she forget where she came from?
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