Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Black Portrayals: A Perilous Proposal

One of the best books I've ever read was Sue Monk Kidd's the Secret Life of Bees. What I loved most about it was how authentic Ms. Kidd portrayed her African American characters and her ability to weave in the history of the Black Madonna phenomenon . I wondered were there any other white authors creating black characters in their novels, and tackling the subject of faith despite of societal woes.
Charles Martin's Wrapped in Rain I featured earlier.
But this month I found a few new ones. And as I read them I will share them with you.
For three reasons. (1) If you're a white writer, maybe you can use these books as examples to build your own characters, if you choose to put people of different ethnicity in your book.
(2) If you're black. It's informative to read how others portray our universal conflicts.
(3) I thought it would be interesting.

A Perilous Proposal is Book One in Michael Phillips: Carolina Cousins Series. The story is about a young, angry freedman, named Jake, who is on the run for killing a white man, who's also on the run from the resentment inside. During his escape he searches for his father and falls in love with another freewoman with secrets of her own.

I will be reading this book through August along with two other christian historicals with themes on race & African American History:
Patricia Hickman's Whisper Town and Judith Miller's First Dawn.

I hope you check back on the blog about these books.

Writing to see what the end's gon, be,
Dee

2 comments:

Ovation Leader said...

I just happened into your blog and found your thoughts on Christian literature insightful. Would love to exchange blog links with you.

Dee said...

Sure Carolyn, thanks for stopping by. Email me at vidae at writing dot com to discuss. I hope I didn't just mispell your name. Congrats on your upcoming book. Keep me posted.

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