Catfish Alley

Catfish Alley

Book - 2011
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"Roxanne Reeves defines her life by the committees she heads and the social status she cultivates. But she is keeping secrets that make her an outsider in her own town, always in search of acceptance. And when she is given a job none of the other white women want -- researching the town's African-American history for a tour of local sites -- she feels she can't say no. Elderly Grace Clark, a retired black schoolteacher, reluctantly agrees to become Roxanne's guide. Grace takes Roxanne to Catfish Alley, whose undistinguished structures are nonetheless sacred places to the black community because of what happened there. As Roxanne listens to Grace's stories, and meets her friends, she begins to see differently. She is transported back to the past, especially to 1931, when a racist's hatred for Grace's brother leads to events that continue to change lives decades later. And as Roxanne gains an appreciation of the dreams, courage, and endurance of those she had so easily dismissed, her own life opens up in new and unexpected ways"--Back cover.
Publisher: New York :, New American Library,, 2011.
ISBN: 9780451232281
0451232283
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary: "Roxanne Reeves defines her life by the committees she heads and the social status she cultivates. But she is keeping secrets that make her an outsider in her own town, always in search of acceptance. And when she is given a job none of the other white women want -- researching the town's African-American history for a tour of local sites -- she feels she can't say no. Elderly Grace Clark, a retired black schoolteacher, reluctantly agrees to become Roxanne's guide. Grace takes Roxanne to Catfish Alley, whose undistinguished structures are nonetheless sacred places to the black community because of what happened there. As Roxanne listens to Grace's stories, and meets her friends, she begins to see differently. She is transported back to the past, especially to 1931, when a racist's hatred for Grace's brother leads to events that continue to change lives decades later. And as Roxanne gains an appreciation of the dreams, courage, and endurance of those she had so easily dismissed, her own life opens up in new and unexpected ways"--Back cover.

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Jul 11, 2017

CATFISH ALLEY, by Lynne Bryant, is a stunning novel of life in rural Mississippi, in the 20's and 30's. Miss Bryant takes special care to present the history of African American life in this time frame, and weaves a story of love, hardship, forgiveness, revenge and strength.
I came to know the characters as friends I would like to have in real life.

I was moved to tears by the last few sentences. Truly a wonderful book

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