Chinaberries and Beyond
A Teacher's Childhood Journey
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Patricia is born during WWII when racial segregation is a way of life, particularly in the south. A few years earlier in the small cotton mill town, her father's poor judgment forces her parents and eventually their eight children to live in a crude, unpainted, three-room dwelling located in an isolated area of four houses for African Americans. They have no electricity or running water, and a stone-covered spring in the woods becomes a special place for mischief. A single tree, a chinaberry, adjacent to the house serves many purposes. Home, church, and school are the Littletons' family core, while their experiences are laced with fun, humor, and mischief. However, when temperamental Hazel, an adult bully, moves next door, there are conflicts, which escalate into unnerving, dangerous situations, especially with Patricia's easygoing, soft-spoken mother. Hazel ridicules Patricia, who is smart, timid, and labeled a crybaby and stubborn in school. How can the family escape Hazel's frightening torture and mockery? Will they ever be able to dig out of the hole that keeps them captive in their cramped shelter? By high school, Patricia blossoms and becomes popular. In preparation for college, she wonders about those wooden nickels of which her father warns. What will be her victory? Chinaberries and Beyond: A Teacher's Childhood Journey prepares you for Patricia's next phase of life in Part 2, He's Got Me Covered: A Teacher's Personal and Professional Journey, Spiritual Visions, and Revelations.
WestBow Press, 9781512782929, 184pp.
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
About the Author
This is a beautiful, intriguing, and heart-warming story. The humor throughout kept me wondering what would happen next. Madeline Reid, a retired North Carolina teacher The author provides a very personal account of her childhood as one of eight children in a small North Carolina town during the 40s and 50s. She adeptly allows the reader insight into family and educational relationships, as well as the prevailing social issues of the time period that laid a foundation and influenced her into adulthood. Judett Black, a retired U.S. Department of Justice Investigator