Book of the Quarter

Usually when I write there is a song in my head. Yes, there was a playlist for this book. I tried to think about the type of music they would have been exposed to in 1912. They would have seen performers traveling from town to town. There would be sheet music that musicians can play. She would have seen people like Ma Rainey singing the blues. Ragtime would be in full swing, but starting to wane.

An African American woman moved home to take care of her dying mother giving up the opportunity to experience a world beyond segregation. Zoraida Hughes Williams finds that some things have changed about her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas while some have stayed the same, like Hell’s Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling runs wild. Like most of the residents, she wants to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but it comes in the unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He messes up everything and almost gets them killed.

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