Overview

Heavy Is The Rain begins in the 1940s with a seven-year-old Billie Cunningham’s move from rural South Carolina to Baltimore with her mother, Lilly Ann, in search of a better life. Their new life has been secured through Lilly Ann’s marriage to Herbert Brown, a man twelve years her senior, but mother and daughter quickly discover that their fresh start has come with a heavy price. For Lilly Ann, it means turning a blind eye to her husband’s hedonism and passion for forbidden fruit, and, for Billie, it means ...
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Heavy Is The Rain

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Overview

Heavy Is The Rain begins in the 1940s with a seven-year-old Billie Cunningham’s move from rural South Carolina to Baltimore with her mother, Lilly Ann, in search of a better life. Their new life has been secured through Lilly Ann’s marriage to Herbert Brown, a man twelve years her senior, but mother and daughter quickly discover that their fresh start has come with a heavy price. For Lilly Ann, it means turning a blind eye to her husband’s hedonism and passion for forbidden fruit, and, for Billie, it means harboring a dark and shameful secret. Despite her secret, Billie grows and matures in her new world, and she develops a close bond with Thomas McNeal, Jr., a neighborhood boy struggling to fight his own demons.

Over the course of two decades, Billie’s and Tom’s friendship develops into a love that is constantly threatened by their individual pain and the realities of changing lives and impending adulthood. As they struggle with the complexities of their on-again, off-again relationship, and of adult life in general, Billie and Tom discover that they must first discover themselves, and reconcile their pasts in order to heal and truly have a future.

Ms. Adams’ moving debut also deals with themes of spirituality, revenge and redemption, and the upward mobility of African Americans during this time period. Heavy Is The Rain connects with readers across race and generational lines, and bravely tackles unspoken issues affecting families and individuals.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149609949
  • Publisher: Stella Adams
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,390,286
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ms. Adams was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in history and received a master’s degree from Towson State University. She worked for the government in a number of analytic, human resources, and managerial positions for over thirty years.
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