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Alligator Lake

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As a pregnant teenager, Avery Pritchett found refuge in Colorado, but now, ten years later, her brother's wedding-and some burning questions-bring her back home to her small Southern town. But will introducing her mixed- race daughter to her independent-minded grandmother bring solace or sorrow? Will confronting her class-conscious mother allow for new beginnings or confirm old resentments? And how can she ask forgiveness of her youthful lover who has been denied his child all these years? As the summer ...

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Overview

As a pregnant teenager, Avery Pritchett found refuge in Colorado, but now, ten years later, her brother's wedding-and some burning questions-bring her back home to her small Southern town. But will introducing her mixed- race daughter to her independent-minded grandmother bring solace or sorrow? Will confronting her class-conscious mother allow for new beginnings or confirm old resentments? And how can she ask forgiveness of her youthful lover who has been denied his child all these years? As the summer progresses, Avery's return provokes shocking discoveries-of choices made, and secrets kept-and of deceptions that lie closer than she suspects.

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“A lyrical, gorgeous novel about fractured family, racial tensions, and the way the past flows right up through the present. Bryant's eloquent tale may be Southern at heart, but it's universal in its powerful message.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“Poignant and redemptive, Alligator Lake immerses us in the murky waters of a shifting southern current, where the push and pull of racial boundaries redefine love, loyalty, and heart wrenching pride. Lynne Bryant writes beautifully about the challenges and choices that divide a family in a predominantly segregated Mississippi town, yet delivers us the promise that hope and forgiveness can be found where we least expect them.” —Eileen Clymer Schwab, author of Promise Bridge and Shadow of a Quarter Moon

“Lynne Bryant’s Alligator Lake is a gutsy examination of southern race relations. Bryant is provocative and unflinching as she reveals her characters’ private hopes and fears. Her abiding love for Mississippi shines through as she wrestles with its troubled history. Ultimately, Alligator Lake is a commentary on the redemptive power of love and friendship.” —Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar
“Set in a picturesque Mississippi town, Alligator Lake is a powerful and compassionate portrait of love, secrets, prejudice, and redemption in the intertwined histories of four generations of southern women. Bryant deftly weaves a tale steeped in the atmosphere, charm and complex racial relationships of an evolving South. Alligator Lake is a compelling and memorable read.” —Lynn Sheene, author of The Last Time I Saw Paris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235787
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 500,148
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Bryant grew up in Columbus, Mississippi, and has lived for many years in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she teaches nursing at the University of Colorado.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    The ending says it all. Ones past cannt be changed. So learn t

    The ending says it all. Ones past cannt be changed. So learn to embrace it. We all have hidden fears. I know I do. Move toward the future.
    Avery runs away from home angry at her Mother. She has a daughter with sickle cell anemia. This raises a lot of questions about her family's past.
    Her brother begs her to come home for his wedding. After 10 years she must face her family again.
    Some of the things she learns shocks her as secrets are reveled.
    Read the book with an open mind about the time period being written about. I found the book very enjoyable. Every chapter leaves with having to know something so pushes you forward. It won't take you long to read the book because you cannot put it down long.
    The story is very well written.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Ehh

    Read this for my book club and it was tough to get through. Having luckily never had the misfortune of knowing someone as ignorant and hateful as the character of Marion made it hard to be sympathize or relate to her. Everytime one of her chapters came up I'd internally groan. I thought the racism was slathered on a bit thick without any explanation as to the why. Why are these people so hateful? How did they become like this? How are we supposed to believe that they will change after years of intollerance?

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    Lynne does it again with this story of race relations in Mississ

    Lynne does it again with this story of race relations in Mississippi. She introduces her characters in a way that lets you know each as an individual. The story has some laughter, sadness, and most of all the love of famliy. I am waiting for her next novel as they get better with each one written.
    Must read for this summer.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

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    Enjoyable

    Posted on Romancing the Book blog
    Reviewed By~April
    Review Copy Provided By~the Publisher

    Lynne Bryant does an incredible job bringing to life the past and present for three generations of women, all so very different, yet so similar. Her ability to project the mother/daughter relationships within these women is mesmerizing and touches the reader’s heart immediately.

    Alligator Lake is the story of Avery, her Mother Marion and her Grandmother Will. Alternating each woman’s past and present, the story develops in a unique and excellent way that allows the reader to get to know each character and discover why they are the way they are.

    Avery moved away from her home in Mississippi at the tender age of eighteen – pregnant and alone. Moving to Colorado to live with her loving and patient Aunt Lizzy, Avery spends the next ten years creating a life, secluded from her family back home, with her young daughter, Celi. That time of seclusion comes to an end with one phone call from her brother, requesting Avery and her daughter to come back home and take part in his wedding. It is with great trepidation that Avery and Celi travel back home without a clue as to what kind reception they will receive.

    Grandmother Will is a wonderful, tender and non-judgmental person. She has remained in contact with Avery and welcomes her and her great-granddaughter with wide open arms. It is through telling Avery stories of her past that new discoveries and secrets come to light. Will has always been an advocate for the black people and has had a great hatred for the segregation and discrimination they have suffered. She even taught many of the black workers how to read.

    Marion, however, detested her mother’s love and care for the blacks and grew up feeling embarrassed by her mother. Marion wanted nothing more than to fit in with the high society white people. This, in turn, made Marion push her daughter Avery into white society and try to turn her into a proper young lady. Little did anyone know that Avery was seeing Aaron, her grandmother Will’s best friend’s grandson. It is with him she becomes pregnant. The horror? Aaron is not white; therefor Avery will be giving birth to a mixed race child, which is a disgrace where they live. So instead of living with her Mother’s anger and insistence of aborting the child, Avery leaves.

    It is when Celi goes to the doctor very sick, that the discovery is made that she has Sickle-Cell disease – something that effects a child when both the mother and father carry this trait – a trait within the black race. How did Avery come to carry this trait and what secrets are buried in her family’s past? She hopes to uncover these answers while back for her brother’s wedding.

    Alligator Lake is a wonderful and heart touching story that will engulf the reader from the beginning to the end. I truly loved Ms. Bryant’s ability to segue seamlessly into each woman’s past and present in alternating chapters. I also loved the way the author enables each character to grow as the story progresses. I have to be honest in my surprise at how the black people were treated and how the white people looked down upon them even in the year 1991 and 2001. I had no idea that such racism was so strong. During the early years, yes, however not in the more current years. This greatly disturbed me. Also, Marion’s stark dislike, disdain and racism angered me.

    As the story goes on, however, answers are disco

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Another page turner by Lynne Bryant. Also enjoyed Catfish Alley

    Another page turner by Lynne Bryant. Also enjoyed Catfish Alley very much. Alligator Lake is the story of four generations tied to Mississippi during the 20th century. You can almost see the scenes and feel like you are there experiencing the trials the characters are going through. A few twist and unexpected turns, it is well researched. I enjoyed it very much, looking forward to the next book.

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