After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler's father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair.
When the wife's younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.
Set under the backdrop of the Deep South in the 70s and 80s, this coming of age story of redemption and grace follows Sylvia in her journey from awkward girl to confident young woman, at last standing on her own.
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In my heartfelt opinion, Emotions are highly underrated components in the lives of the vast majority of human beings. The Ability to feel deeply is the essence of living life fully. Still, the Opportunities to feel deeply are so often few and far between. This is would be my main reason why I love to watch movies, listen to music and read books. Living vicariously and feeling feelings that make life real, even when the pretext may only be my personal interpretation of a fiction created by someone else. Angela Jackson-Brown, with Drinking from a Bitter Cup, has written the equivalent of an emotional Roller Coaster that has amazing highs and lows, and even one of those loops that is both high and low combined. I was deeply moved by the story of Sylvia, and I thank the author for writing it.
Ms. Jackson-Brown has woven a story around the life of Silvia Butler whose strength and wisdom defies her age. Her characters leap from the page into your imagination. They will grace you with their beauty and love, and haunt you with the depths of their despair long after you have turned the last page. Ms. Jackson-Brown opens the doors to the human heart with such skill and ease that the reader is left questioning what would I be willing to sacrifice for a place called home.