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  • Promise

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $25.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062471710
    • Publisher: William Morrow
    • Published: February 2018
    In the aftermath of a devastating tornado that rips through the town of Tupelo, Mississippi, at the height of the Great Depression, two women worlds apart--one black, one white; one a great-grandmother, the other a teenager--fight for their families' survival in this lyrical and powerful novelA few minutes after 9 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1936, a massive funnel cloud flashing a giant fireball and roaring like a runaway train careened into the thriving cotton-mill town of Tupelo, Mississippi, killing more than two hundred people--not counting an unknown number of black citizens, one-third of Tupelo's population, who were not included in the official casualty figures.When the tornado hits, Dovey, a local laundress, is flung by the terrifying winds into a nearby lake. Bruised and nearly drowned, she makes her way across Tupelo to find her small family--her hardworking husband, Virgil; her clever sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Dreama; and Promise, Dreama's beautiful light-skinned three-month-old son.Slowly navigating the broken streets of Tupelo, Dovey stops at the house of the despised McNabb family. Inside, she discovers that the tornado has spared no one, including Jo, the McNabbs' dutiful teenage daughter, who has suffered a terrible head wound. When Jo later discovers a baby in the wreckage, she is certain that she's found her baby brother, Tommy, and vows to protect him.During the harrowing hours and days of the chaos that follows, Jo and Dovey will struggle to navigate a landscape of disaster and to battle both the demons and the history that link and haunt them. Drawing on historical events, Minrose Gwin beautifully imagines natural and human destruction in the Deep South of the 1930s through the experiences of two remarkable women whose lives are indelibly connected by forces beyond their control. A story of loss, hope, despair, grit, courage, and race, Promise reminds us of the transformative power and promise that come from confronting our most troubled relations with one another.
  • Promise

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $25.99
    • ISBN-13: 9780062791849
    • Publisher: HarperLuxe
    A few minutes after 9 p.m. on April 5, 1936, a massive tornado careened into the thriving cotton-mill town of Tupelo, Mississippi, killing more than two hundred people, not counting an un-known number of black citizens, who were not included in the official casualty figures.When the tornado hits, Dovey, a local laundress, bruised and nearly drowned, makes her way across Tupelo to find her small family--her hardworking husband, Virgil; her clever sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Dreama; and Promise, Dreama's beautiful light-skinned three-month-old son.Navigating the broken streets of Tupelo, Dovey stops at the house of the despised McNabb family. Inside, she discovers that the tornado has spared no one, including Jo, the McNabbs' dutiful teenage daughter, who has suffered a terrible head wound. When Jo later discovers a baby in the wreckage, she is certain that she's found her brother, Tommy, and vows to protect him.During the harrowing hours of chaos that follows, Jo and Dovey will struggle to navigate a landscape of disaster and to battle the demons that link them. A story of loss, hope, grit, courage, and race, Promise reminds us of the transformative power that comes from confronting our most troubled relations with one another.
  • Remembering Medgar Evers

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $69.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780820335636
    • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
    • Published: February 2013
    As the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, Medgar Wiley Evers put his life on the line to investigate racial crimes (including Emmett Till’s murder) and to organize boycotts and voter registration drives. On June 12, 1963, he was shot in the back by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith as the civil rights leader unloaded a stack of “Jim Crow Must Go” T-shirts in his own driveway. His was the first assassination of a high-ranking public figure in the civil rights movement.While Evers’s death ushered in a decade of political assassinations and ignited a powder keg of racial unrest nationwide, his life of service and courage has largely been consigned to the periphery of U.S. and civil rights history. In her compelling study of collective memory and artistic production, Remembering Medgar Evers, Minrose Gwin engages the powerful body of work that has emerged in response to Evers’s life and death—fiction, poetry, memoir, drama, and songs from James Baldwin, Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, Lucille Clifton, Bob Dylan, and Willie Morris, among others. Gwin examines local news accounts about Evers, 1960s gospel and protest music as well as contemporary hip-hop, the haunting poems of Frank X Walker, and contemporary fiction such as The Help and Gwin’s own novel, The Queen of Palmyra. In this study, Evers springs to life as a leader of “plural singularity,” who modeled for southern African Americans a new form of cultural identity that both drew from the past and broke from it; to quote Gwendolyn Brooks, “He leaned across tomorrow.”Fifty years after his untimely death, Evers still casts a long shadow. In her examination of the body of work he has inspired, Gwin probes wide-ranging questions about collective memory and art as instruments of social justice. “Remembered, Evers’s life’s legacy pivots to the future,” she writes, “linking us to other human rights struggles, both local and global.”A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication.
  • Remembering Medgar Evers

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780820335643
    • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
    • Published: February 2013
    The 1963 assassination of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was the first of the political assassinations of the 1960s. In this accessible study for general readers and students, Gwin (English, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) combines literary and cultural studies with analysis of political justice in the US. She examines creative work inspired by Evers's death, produced by novelists, musicians, and poets from the 1960s to the present, including Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, and Bob Dylan (as well as the author's own novel). Background on Evers's life, work, and family is intertwined with factual evidence of the case, through examination of newspaper coverage and the influence of the Evers case on the Civil Rights memoir. The book includes b&w historical and contemporary photos. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • The Accidentals: A Novel

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062471758
    • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
    • Published: August 2019
  • The Queen of Palmyra

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061840326
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: April 2010
    As she spends more and more time in the home of her grandparents' maid, Zenie, in the segregated South of the 1960s, Florence Forrest develops a sense for how race truly divides her town, but nothing prepares her for the tragedy that occurs after Zenie's niece, a vibrant college student, comes to stay for the summer. A first novel. Original. 100,000 first printing.
  • Wishing for Snow: A Memoir

    By Minrose Gwin

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062046345
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: June 2011
    Delves into the poems, letters, and newspaper clippings that Erin Pitner left behind after her death, revealing a Southern family and the tragic figure at its center--and a daughter's determination to find the mother she never knew.

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