The Resource One night in Georgia : a novel, Celeste O. Norfleet

One night in Georgia : a novel, Celeste O. Norfleet

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One night in Georgia : a novel
Title
One night in Georgia
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Celeste O. Norfleet
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1 night in Georgia
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Language
eng
Summary
"Set in the summer of 1968, a provocative and devastating novel of individual lives caught in the grips of violent history--a timely and poignant story that reverberates with the power of Alice Walker's Meridian and Ntozake Shange's Betsey Browne.At the end of a sweltering summer shaped by the tragic assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, race riots, political protests, and the birth of Black power, three coeds from New York City--Zelda Livingston, Veronica Cook, and Daphne Brooks--pack into Veronica's new Ford Fairlane convertible, bound for Atlanta and their last year at Spelman College. It is the beginning a journey that will change their lives irrevocably. Unlikely friends from vastly different backgrounds, the trio has been inseparable since freshman year. Zelda, serious and unyielding, the heir of rebellious slaves and freedom riders, sees the world in black versus white. Veronica, the privileged daughter of a refined, wealthy family, strongly believes in integration and racial uplift. Daphne lives with a legacy of loss--when she was five years old, her black mother committed suicide and her white father abandoned her. Because they will be going their separate ways after graduation, Zelda, Veronica, and Daphne intend to make lasting memories on this special trip. Though they are young and carefree, they aren't foolish. Joined by Veronica's family friend Daniel, they rely on the Motorist Green Book to find racially friendly locations for gas, rest, and food. Still, with the sun on their cheeks, the wind in their hair, and Motown on the radio, the girls revel in their freedom. Yet as the miles fly by, taking them closer to the Mason-Dixon line, tension begins to rise and the conversation turns serious when Daphne shares a horrifying secret about her life. When they hit Washington, D.C., the joyous trip turns dark. In Virginia they barely escape a desperate situation when prison guards mistake Daniel for an escapee. Further south they barely make it through a sundown town. When the car breaks down in Georgia they are caught up in a racially hostile situation that leaves a white person dead and one of the girls holding the gun"--
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  • Zelda Livingston's best friends, Veronica and Daphne, show up at her Harlem brownstone in Veronica's brand-new, candy-apple-red Ford Fairlane convertible, with wild ideas about a road trip to Atlanta. Zelda, whose civil-rights-attorney father was killed by the police a few years before, is wary of the danger below the Mason-Dixon Line, but it's their last summer before their senior year at Spellman College. They are soon joined by Daniel, a family friend who goes to Morehouse and has no time for the Motown music Zelda loves. Their cinematic, sentimental road-trip-novel vibe is often interrupted by reality as they get pulled over for increasingly specious reasons. Still, it's fun until mechanical trouble has them staying overnight with a college friend in rural Georgia. Norfleet's origins as a romance writer show in the slow burn of Zelda and Daniel's attraction, but it's the female friendships that drive this heartbreaking novel of awakening. The deceptively breezy tone belies the hard truths of the story, making it a good fit for a wide range of book groups. -- Susan Maguire (Reviewed 5/15/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 18, p36)
  • Set against the tumultuous summer of 1968, Norfleet’s novel is a rich, devastating story of lives trapped in a violent period of history. Three black friends drive from New York City to Spelman College in Atlanta to begin their senior year. Zelda, the narrator and daughter of civil rights activists; Veronica, from a wealthy family; and Daphne, whose mother was abandoned by Daphne’s white father, hit the road using the Motorist Green Book, a guide for black motorists to hotels, cafes, and restrooms that will serve them. The girls see promise ahead, having struggled with tragedies: for Zelda, witnessing her father’s murder by police; for Veronica, escape from an arranged marriage; and for Daphne, her mother’s suicide. In warm summer days and nights on the road, the characters discuss racial uplift versus black power, and nonviolence versus black militancy. However, as the trio drive deeper into the Old South, they discover that civil rights are slow in coming below the Mason-Dixon line. When their car breaks down in rural Georgia, the novel takes a dark turn. Forced to stay in the small segregated town to await a car part, the girls stumble into a racially charged situation at a local dance. Norfleet brilliantly depicts what it means to be a black female in a tempestuous period of American history, and provides a gripping narrative to boot. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 08/12/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 32, p)
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10786264
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Norfleet, Celeste O
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • African Americans
  • Race relations
  • Nineteen sixty-eight, A.D
  • Female friendship
  • College students, Black
Label
One night in Georgia : a novel, Celeste O. Norfleet
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780062329899
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(pbk.)
Lccn
2018058771
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1081338306
Label
One night in Georgia : a novel, Celeste O. Norfleet
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780062329899
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2018058771
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1081338306

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