Through the Heart of the South

Through the Heart of the South

by Jody Meacham


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Every instinct Chris McAndrew developed growing up tells him the safe course for a white football player who supports racial integration at Shortridge High is to hold his tongue until he graduates and leaves his small railroad town for college.

That's what girlfriend Susan Marks wants him to do. It's what town patriarch Grampy Harvard demands.

But Monteenia, his family maid, sends him to school each morning with breakfast and a clean shirt. Malachi Stevens, the new teammate he comes to respect, gets a raw deal from their coaches. And Mr. Cooper, the glee club director, risks his job for his singers.

Chris knows where his loyalties lie, but will he pay the price to honor them?

THROUGH THE HEART OF THE SOUTH blends Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," exploring the South's convoluted racial mores around domestic servants, with Pat Conroy's "The Lords of Discipline" about life in a culture that demands rigid conformity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453855898
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/27/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Jody Meacham began his newspaper writing career at the Asheville Citizen-Times, Charlotte News and Charlotte Observer in his native North Carolina, and later worked for the San Jose Mercury News in California. As a sports writer he covered topics ranging from NASCAR to equal sports opportunities for women to a half-dozen Olympic Games. Since leaving journalism in 2000, he has worked in public relations in sports and nonprofits in San Jose.

Meacham grew up in Hamlet, North Carolina, where he worked summers for the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad during his years as a journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of a non-fiction sports book, "Figure Skating for Dummies," with gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.This is his first novel.

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