Glow: A Novel

Glow: A Novel

by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
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Glow: A Novel by Jessica Maria Tuccelli

In the autumn of 1941, Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night—a desperate measure that proves calamitous when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road.

Ella awakens in the homestead of Willie Mae Cotton, a wise root doctor and former slave, and her partner, Mary-Mary Freeborn, tucked deep in the Takatoka Forest. As Ella heals, the secrets of her lineage are revealed.

Shot through with Cherokee lore and hoodoo conjuring, Glow transports us from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, from the parlors of antebellum manses to the plantation kitchens where girls are raised by women who stand in as mothers. As the land with all its promise and turmoil passes from one generation to the next, Ella's ancestral home turns from safe haven to mayhem and back again.

Jessica Maria Tuccelli reveals deep insight into individual acts that can transform a community, and the ties that bind people together across immeasurable hardships and distances. Illuminating the tragedy of human frailty, the vitality of friendship and hope, and the fiercest of all bonds—mother love—the voices of Glow transcend their history with grace and splendor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101560976
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 967 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a graduate of MIT. She currently resides in New York City. Glow is her first novel.

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Glow: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This story spans the years 1836 to 1941 following the female descendants of Solomon Bounds. Amelia McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, is an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP and when her home was vandalized in the middle of the night she decides to put her eleven year old daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia from Washington, D.C. But when the local bus is out of commission Ella is left walking the last part of her journey. She is preyed on by two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road with just her dog. Ella is found by Willa Mae Cotton, a former slave and Mary-Mary Freeborn. They take her back to their cabin to nurse her back to health. While there she learns the secrets of her lineage, she is the youngest of Solomon Bounds kin. Dollycas’s Thoughts This is a poignant narrative of an important time in history. In 2012 we are still talking about race, it is still a hot button issue even as we have the first president of mixed race. The author takes us on a journey through Solomon Bounds family tree and each branch and leaf gets to tell us their part of the story. White, African-American, Native American, even mixed together, they all have their own voice in this family. Their words have a lyrical quality that makes the story real and engaging. It is a story full of history and local customs of the Northeast Georgia. The settings of the mountains and forests surrounding the story are described lovingly, as is the weather endured, the heat, the winds, and the rain. The theme throughout is love, a mother’s love for her child, the lengths we go to to maintain that relationship as well the other relationships in our lives, even relationships that society would deem forbidden. The women in this adventure are very strong and continue to grow throughout their story. Again, I am amazed that this is a debut novel for this author. She is definitely an author to watch. This is a beautifully composed novel spanning over 100 years, the readers will definitely see and feel the “Glow”.
wendyld More than 1 year ago
I thought the writing was excellent and the author was adept at putting me in the scenes, though I did get confused when jumping into different heads and time periods, and some names seemed similar to others. Fortunately, I was able to continually refer to the family tree at the beginning of the book to see who and how the characters were related. This will most likely make the rounds of the book clubs as it deals with racial issues. I found the stories rather depressing, but realistic in showing the struggles of the characters through difficult times, and the fortitude that some of the characters showed in surviving obstacles was inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad language.
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Be descriptive and active. Read her post first.
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