Sources of Light

By Margaret McMullan
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547076591, 233pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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“Sam moves to Jackson, Mississippi with her mother in 1962. Through the lens of her camera she experiences a very different culture than the one she knew in the North. Her photos help bring justice to the racially divided community. McMullan's carefully constructed prose highlights camera metaphors bringing light to the darkness.”
-- Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink, Indianapolis, IN


It's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father--he was a warhero--and Sam and her mother must move, along with their very liberal views, to Jackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don't quite fit in.
People like the McLemores fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's artist friend, Perry, are in the South to "agitate" and to shake up the dividing lines between black and white and blur it all to grey. As racial injustices ensue--sit-ins and run-ins with secret white supremacists--Sam learns to focus with her camera lens to bring forth the social injustice outof the darkness and into the light.

About the Author
Margaret McMullan is an English professor at the University of Evansville, Indiana, and the author of the novel "When Warhol Was Still Alive". She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2001. Formerly an associate entertainment editor at "Glamour", McMullan received her M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in "The Chicago Tribune", "Southern Accents", "TriQuarterly", Michigan Quarterly "Review", "Boulevard", and "The Greensboro Review", among others.
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