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Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, The View from Delphi is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida, one wealthy and white and the other poor and black, who have only two things in common—the devastating loss of their sons, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi's racist Sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can't keep a grip on her fractured life. After ...

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Overview

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, The View from Delphi is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida, one wealthy and white and the other poor and black, who have only two things in common—the devastating loss of their sons, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi's racist Sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can't keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene, gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Vida is hired as a maid by Hazel's husband to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife. Spending time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head.

The View from Delphi is the story of a town, a people, and a society on the verge of great changes—and great changes begin with small things, like friendship.

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Prejudice threatens to tear apart a small Mississippi town during the 1950s in Odell's first novel, a well-told but familiar and slow-moving story about a pair of families who find their lives altered by the bigotry of a small-minded sheriff. Hazel Ishee Graham is a backwoods farm girl who uses her beauty to attract Floyd Graham, the ambitious man who becomes her husband and the most successful car salesman in tiny Delphi. On the other side of town, preacher Levi Snow and his daughter, Vida, are being harassed by the cartoonishly piggish sheriff, Billy Dean Brister. The sheriff, who uses the influence of the local senator who got him elected to keep the populace under his thumb, rapes Vida and terrorizes the family after her child is sent away. Meanwhile, one of Hazel's two sons is killed in an accident, and Hazel indulges her proclivities for fast driving and strong spirits, crashing into a life-size nativity scene. This prompts Floyd to hire Vida as a maid to keep Hazel under control. In a series of parallel subplots, both Floyd and Billy Dean have affairs with the senator's comely daughter, Delia. But the pace crawls when Odell lingers over mundane scenes of daily life in Delphi, and flabby prose mutes the novel's dramatic climax. Odell clearly knows his setting and shows obvious compassion for his characters, but the combination of extraneous scenes, too many Southern stereotypes in the character roster and an overly familiar plot keeps his debut ploddingly earthbound. (June 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Fast-paced but thoughtful story of a friendship across the racial divide in 1950s Mississippi. Though he never lets whites off for their pervasive racism, African-American Odell is the rare writer on race who allows for a range of responses-and for the possibility of change. Among his finely drawn characters, both black and white, young-five-year-old Johnny is particularly memorable-and old, he introduces two whose lives are blighted by loss. Hazel Graham is white, well off, and married, but depressed; Vida Snow is black, poor, and hates whites. Hazel grows up poor but is determined to better herself, and does. She finds a good job, then a good man-Floyd-whom she marries. The two move to Delphi, Mississippi, where Floyd flourishes but Hazel founders. Not a good housekeeper, she is even less sure of her mothering skills when she gives birth to Johnny and Davie. But she acquires one skill-driving fast-that helps as she tries to cope with the death of Davie, and later when she is dodging the Klan. Vida Snow, the daughter of Levi, a preacher, is raped by Billy Dean, a redneck with political ambitions. She gives birth to Nate, and when Billy Dean wants to marry the daughter of the important senator, he torches Levi's church and tries to kill Nate. Vida then sends Nate north for safety. Vowing that she'll avenge what's happened, she goes to mind Hazel, who has been hospitalized for alcoholism-after she drove her car through a manger scene. Initially, Vida despises both Hazel and her son Johnny, but the conventionally racist Hazel is too medicated to care. Still, the two find they have more in common than they suspected. As the Civil Rights movement heats up, they'll become friends and fightersfor themselves and for justice-as the bad get punished and the good get their due. On balance, a promising first effort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931561686
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Too Many 'Niggers' From a White Man

    I enjoyed reading the story for the most part however, the bigotry sometimes got to me, and I really disliked the overuse of the term 'nigger.' I got to work with the author, and I was surprised at the book when I read it. The stereotypes were old news, but it was refreshing to get a take from a White person who is a native of Mississippi. I am not a user of the term, and I do not even like to hear Black people use the term with one another. I guess it was real, and is real in Mississippi, but the word just bothered me. It would be a good read for someone looking for insight into race relations in Mississippi in the 1950's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Story Telling At Its Best!!!

    As I contemplate the dizzying pace at which most of us race through our everyday lives, I am grateful to Jon Odell for giving me pause to deeply breathe in the richness of this poetic and profoundly inspired novel. Jon Odell is simply a masterful story teller! He ranks among a dying breed of writers who are gifted and thoughtful enough to tell the stories of ordinary people in a way that intimately and vicariously takes us to where they are while introducing us to ourselves. Nowhere is this more needed than in human relationships across racial stratifications. I am so incredibly excited about this book because although set in pre-Civil rights Mississippi it is not just about the south. It poignantly tells the untold story of race in America through the intriguing lives and relationship of two complicated heroines, one white and one black, (As an African American this is refreshing to me because rarely have I read a book by a white author in which there is a black main character who is not being rescued by benevolent white characters). By honestly and vividly telling their stories-as well as a whole cast of provocative characters, Jon Odell has invited us all into a honest dialogue about our own race stories, our relationships across race, and ultimately our shared history and future as Americans. I guarantee you that, 'The View From Delphi,' will make you laugh, weep, and think deeply no matter what your race. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Pass it on!

    This book is one of those rare finds that you want everyone you know that reads to share. The spiritual journeys the characters take are rarely placed in the context of their lives and those around them. I've never been a part of a book discussion club, but I need to be - to discuss this book! The issues raised by this book are too important to put down when finished reading the book. Depression is another aspect Odell portrays. Odell's skill at story telling are similar to those of Pat Conroy's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Compassionate and True

    THE VIEW FROM DELPHI is a vital book lest we forget the hatred and bias still existing in our country. Jonathon Odell has created 'whole' characters and shows us both the despicable and embraceable qualities of each with a near unrivaled compassion. Jonathon's writing is reminiscent of James Baldwin in 'Go Tell it on the Mountain' or 'Another Country.' His work reminds me of Lee Smith at her best. I lived where his story took me. I felt as if Vida, Floyd, Johnny, Hazel, Levi and Sweet Pea were my people. That Odell allowed me to share their company, their confusion, their pain and their ignorance. This author has gifted us with a story of great importance and truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    Beautiful Characters & Historical Context

    Odell has created a work of immediacy and pertinence. I was privledged to receive a reader's copy of the book. Odell's strength is in his characters and his dialogue....familiar, yet unique and totally engaging. Without compromising to cynicism, he has a unique voice that captures an historic era in American history and educates while he entertains. I want to know these people, and have them in my life. My only regret is that this is fiction. Bravo!

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