One Dark Body

One Dark Body

by Charlotte Watson Sherman
     
 

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Set in Pearl, Washington, One Dark Body is the story of twelve-year-old Raisin abandoned at birth by her mother and raised by foster parents along with other unwanted children. It is the story of Nola, who has returned to Pearl to reclaim her daughter and put to rest ghosts from the past who continue to haunt their lives. It is also the story of fourteen-year-old

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Set in Pearl, Washington, One Dark Body is the story of twelve-year-old Raisin abandoned at birth by her mother and raised by foster parents along with other unwanted children. It is the story of Nola, who has returned to Pearl to reclaim her daughter and put to rest ghosts from the past who continue to haunt their lives. It is also the story of fourteen-year-old fatherless Sin-Sin and his relationship with Blue, the town healer who is determined to initiate Sin-Sin into manhood.

The characters suffer pain, but also possess strength, dignity and hope as they struggle toward redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Unknown Unknown
Raisin finds solace in dreams and in communion with ancestral spirits who speak to her from the earth. Among these are the spirit-women who usher her into womanhood, the Night People, ghosts of slaves who roam the woods near Pearl and protect their descendants, and the soul of her father, El, a suicide who refused the only work allowed black men in that town--coal-mining--and buried himself in a shallow grave before Raisin's birth. Sherman also explores Nola's specters...
Heidi Unknown
The spiritual holds as much shape as the physical in this book. Raisin is born wrinkled due to her mother's failed abortion. Her mother left her to be raised by a foster-mother. When her mother comes back to Pearl, Washington, Raisin wants nothing to do with her. Other-worldly spirits have as much to say about it as the living people. Mystical and poetic, this follows in footsteps of Zora Neale Hurston.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033031061
Publisher:
Charlotte Watson Sherman
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
282 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Watson Sherman is a Northwest writer. She has worked as a child welfare caseworker, sexual abuse counselor, literacy program volunteer coordinator, and librarian, among other positions.

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