From the bestselling author of Knowing, One Better, Blue Collar Blues and The Flip Side of Sin, comes this beautiful and evocative story of one family’s struggle for survival amid the hope and trauma of the civil rights movement in Tennessee. In what promises to be her most memorable work to date, bestselling author Rosalyn McMillan brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters of American history, the civil rights movement. Rich in the tradition of Southern storytelling, This Side of Eternity is the story of an African-American family’s determination to stay together and survive any way they can in a world of discrimination and limited opportunity. With powerful, penetrating language and richly developed, characters, McMillan deftly weaves historical events into a compelling, unforgettable saga. When Anne Russell’s father is killed in an accident at his job in the late 1960s, her family must survive on its own through strikes, civil rights protests, and a racial tension that permeates every aspect of their daily lives. Struggling with the explosive social issues around her and the inertia of a family unwilling to help seize a better life, Anne begins to make it her own and embody the proud, indefatigable spirit of those around her who would succeed in changing the world.
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