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Twilight People: One Man's Journey To Find His Roots

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David Houze was twenty-six and living in a single room occupancy hotel in Atlanta when he discovered that three little girls in an old photo he'd seen years earlier were actually his sisters. The girls had been left behind in South Africa when Houze and his mother fled the country in 1966, at the height of apartheid, to start a new life in Meridian, Mississippi, with Houze's American father. This revelation triggers a journey of self-discovery and reconnection that ranges from the shores of South Africa to the ...

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David Houze was twenty-six and living in a single room occupancy hotel in Atlanta when he discovered that three little girls in an old photo he'd seen years earlier were actually his sisters. The girls had been left behind in South Africa when Houze and his mother fled the country in 1966, at the height of apartheid, to start a new life in Meridian, Mississippi, with Houze's American father. This revelation triggers a journey of self-discovery and reconnection that ranges from the shores of South Africa to the dirt roads of Mississippi—and back. Gripping, vivid, and poignant, this deeply personal narrative uses the unraveling mystery of Houze's family and his quest for identity as a prism through which to view the tumultuous events of the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. Twilight People is a stirring memoir that grapples with issues of family, love, abandonment, and ultimately, forgiveness and reconciliation. It is also a spellbinding detective story—steeped in racial politics and the troubled history of two continents—of one man's search for the truth behind the enigmas of his, and his mother's, lives.

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This first book by Columbia School of Journalism graduate Houze invites readers along on a heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive journey that spans racial injustice in South Africa and Mississippi. Triggered by the revelation that three little girls in an old photo were actually his sisters, left behind when his mother moved from South Africa to America, Houze returned to his country of birth. His poignant narrative unravels the mystery of his roots and reveals his deep and personal feelings about family. By citing important historical events in South Africa and his hometown of Meridian, MS, he gives the story further meaning, helping readers better understand the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa and the Civil Rights Movement in the American South. Admirably, Houze pulls no punches, admitting to his own shortcomings and stirring readers as he comes to terms with issues of love, abandonment, and, ultimately, forgiveness and reconciliation. In his search for the truth, he provides an interesting perspective on racial justice and the meaning of family. Highly recommended for African American studies or memoir collections in all libraries, as well as growing collections of genealogical narratives.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

David Houze is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Table of Contents

Prologue

1. From Down South to Down South
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Into the Breach
3. Truth and Reconciliation

Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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