The Outskirts of Hope (Paperback)

A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South

By Jo Ivester

She Writes Press, 9781631529641

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

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In 1967, when Jo Ivester was ten years old, her father transplanted his young family from a suburb of Boston to a small town in the heart of the Mississippi cotton fields, where he became the medical director of a clinic that served the poor population for miles around. But ultimately it was not Ivester's father but her mother--a stay-at-home mother of four who became a high school English teacher when the family moved to the South--who made the most enduring mark on the town. In The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester uses journals left by her mother, as well as writings of her own, to paint a vivid, moving, and inspiring portrait of her family's experiences living and working in an all-black town during the height of the civil rights movement.