The Book of Asa

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The Book of Asa

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Author: C. P. Mangel


ISBN: 9781912477258

Date: 23rd January, 2019


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  2. Individual Poets
  3. Historical Fiction


When Titus Horace, successful African American author, inherits a large tract of land, he leaves Chicago with his Jewish wife Ardene and their daughter Asa, and moves to the segregated North Carolina of 1950. Unhappy at being uprooted from her school and friends, Asa quickly learns how persons of color are intimidated and humiliated on a daily basis and how, despite their education and talent, each day becomes an effort to survive brutal hostility. Asa discovers she and her father, a professor at the college for black students, cannot enter the town's public library. As Asa struggles to adapt to her new life, she falls in love with a musical savant who lives in a cabin on Horace land, and joins members of a small diverse community to defy the oppression of legal segregation through profound acts of resistance.   This book has been awarded Silver in the Multicultural Fiction category by the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards). It is currently on the First Horizon Award winners list for best debut books.

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