A Sunday In June by Phyllis Alesia Perry

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The 20th century has just begun in the South and slavery still haunts. In a deep-woods region of Alabama, the tightening noose of Jim Crow is a rude indication of what white people really think of black people's 'freedom.' Still, the black population of Johnson Creek, Alabama, manages to live their lives with abiding faith and hope. The Mobleys--Frank and Joy--are among those who have pinned high hopes both on the future, and on their three daughters, Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva--hopes for good marriages and noble professions. Joy and Frank believe that the Negroes of Johnson Creek have just as much right to advance as anybody up North. But they must let go of the old ways. So they can only react with dismay when their girls show signs that they have 'the sight'--the gift of seeing the unseen, of knowing the past and future. Through their daughters' growing strangeness, Joy and Frank glimpse again the world of Joy's deceased mother, the former slave Ayo. While they do everything possible to discourage their daughters' connection with the past and future, the gift is not something that you can always give back and trying comes at a dear price.

About Phyllis Alesia Perry

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Phyllis Alesia Perry is an award-winning newspaper editor and author of the novel Stigmata. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Published February 4, 2004 by Hyperion. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction

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Frank and Joy do their best to discourage their daughters’ belief in what they see as an embarrassing peasant superstition Joy’s mother brought over from Africa, but the girls soon find themselves called upon for advice and prophecies and develop a small cult following in the region.

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Torn by conflicting loyalties and shamed that she remains barren while Eva carries the child she desperately wants, Mary Nell follows Eva and Grace to Tuskegee and steals Eva's infant son.

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Frank and Joy Mobley have high hopes for their daughters, Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva.

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The painful process of growing up leads them through a whirlwind of events: Mary Nell gets married to the town’s bad boy, her husband rapes her sister Eva at thirteen and Eva gets pregnant and has a baby.

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