Burning Streamsby Alexis Brooks de Vita
When Eva Dennison learns that she has inherited the fallow sharecropping plantation in Mississippi that her parents fled to make a new life in L.A., she is eager to escape the big city and explore her historical roots. Eva abandons her dissertation about ancestral memory in African American literature and myth and takes with her Anastasia, her college-age daughter,… See more details below
When Eva Dennison learns that she has inherited the fallow sharecropping plantation in Mississippi that her parents fled to make a new life in L.A., she is eager to escape the big city and explore her historical roots. Eva abandons her dissertation about ancestral memory in African American literature and myth and takes with her Anastasia, her college-age daughter, and Charley, her investment broker cousin. Together, they plan to restore the old mansion and grounds and open a retreat and think-tank for activist women of the hard-hit Gulf region.
But the three women's arrival at Eva's decayed mansion lands them in tragedy and terror. Eva falls in love with the troubled man researching her family's supernatural folklore about how they freed themselves from slavery. Charley thinks she's being stalked by a murderer. And beautiful Anastasia becomes enchanted by a mysterious wanderer in the woods who watches and waits for the family fairy tales to come true.
Soon, Eva realizes that she must confront her family's mythical past before it destroys them all.
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"The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories." - Margaret Walker together with her daughter Anastasia and her cousin Charley, Eva Dennison leaves Los Angeles for Mississippi where she inherits a sharecropping plantation. no sooner have they settled in when things happen that blur the line between reality and myth. author Alexis Brooks de Vita has written a literary dark fantasy with a Southern gothic flavor that explores the power and enigma of ancestral memories and their residual import on generations of African-Americans. there is a palpable darkness hovering over each page - literally and figuratively - which deepens the mystery and strange goings-on at Eva's mansion. secrets abound from within and without the plantation. even after the house was renovated and electricity was installed, one can still feel the shadows closing in. Eva's relatives are a strange lot as well and i kept wondering who was on whose side. to complicate things, there are shapeshifters, flying women and unearthly voices that manifest themselves. the question of what is real and how it was expounded and integrated into the story was one of the things that impressed me. overall, this book kept me mesmerized and fascinated from beginning to end. the writing was flawless, the plot intriguing and the characters well fleshed out.