Description - Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas
A BRILLIANT DEBUT ABOUT A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN BECOMING A FREEDOM RIDER IN 1964 MISSISSIPPI This vivid, memorable first novel from Denise Nicholas tells the story of a young woman who defies her father to register black voters during the 1964 Freedom Summer. FRESHWATER ROAD is the story of one woman's journey into adulthood via the political and social upheavals of the civil rights movement. Celeste Tyree, a young black college girl, leaves Ann Arbor to go to Poplarville, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964 to help found a Freedom School and voter registration project as part of "Freedom Summer". As the summer unfolds, she confronts not only the political realities of race and poverty, but also truths about herself and her family. As Celeste gets to know her fellow activists and the people of Poplarville, she grapples with her father's disapproval of her decision to go to Mississippi. A gambling bar owner in Detroit, Shuck is proud of his daughter and prouder of the opportunities he has provided for her: Celeste's going to the turbulent South in a dangerous time is not part of his plan.
Long estranged from her mother, Celeste is rocked by wrenching revelations about her past: at the same time, she is developing a deep relationship with Odessa Robbins, her Mississippi host, who is helping Celeste learn more about what it means to be an adult woman and a person of substance in the world. Written from a deeply personal perspective - Denise Nicholas was herself a Freedom Rider - FRESHWATER ROAD is an unforgettable first novel that brings the Summer of Freedom to life.
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(229mm x 153mm x mm)
Publisher: Agate Publishing
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Denise Nicholas is an actor who starred in hit American TV shows Room 222 and In the Heat of the Night. Freshwater Road is her first novel.