Buttermilk Bottom by H. Victoria Hargro Atkerson

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"“Buttermilk Bottom” was a real place. It existed for many years in the
shadows of Atlanta’s business district and was considered a festering eyesore.
Many generations of black families lived there in almost total seclusion
because of it geographic location, which was a sunken community riddled
with poverty, crime, rodents, and economic depression that was legally
imposed by the separate but unequal Jim Crow laws that devastated the
lives of thousands of black families throughout the South.
This is a fi ctionalized account of the people who lived in “The Bottom”
and their lifestyle during the 50’s and the early 60’s. Buttermilk Bottom
had a notorious reputation because of its delapadated wooden framed
apartment houses, high crime rate, extreme poverty, and its isolation
from the rest of the city. The reader will glimpse the living conditions, the
mindset of the people, and the political atmosphere that devastated their
lives on a daily bases. You will meet and be charmed by the handsome,
dangerous ex-con Cameron Fielding, the local number writer. The smart
and very attractive school principal, Grace, Cameron’s long-time sweetheart
is helplessly trapped in her passion for Cameron despite the pressures of
her peers and her professional life. You will be amused by the intelligent
and funny storyteller, “Cripple Jake.” The forbidding Voodoo Priestess will
makes you wonder, while her beautiful daughter, Jazmine, will captivate
you. The popular and well-endowed Queenie, the madame and co-owner
of the local “juke joint” is unforgetable, along with Lucille, who you will
remember and laugh about for a lifetime. In Buttermilk Bottom soul
food never tasted so good, the blues never sounded so low down, and the
intimacy in love relationships of the characters will sizzle in your dreams
long after you put this remarkable story down and re-read for years to
come. “Buttermilk Bottom” is a pictorial in words and the storytelling is

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Published December 15, 2011 by Xlibris. 397 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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