PILLAR of SALT by Evelyn Allen Johnson

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This is a powerful story of an African-American man’s struggle to raise his son in a period of overt discrimination and segregation in America. Diversified characters portray the reality of the period, as the author skillfully weaves the reader into their lives with humor, pathos and drama. Jess Barker, a hard working laborer, lives with his son, Johnny in the milieu of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1930’s and 40’s era of the great depression. Joblessness, hunger and depravation are prevalent. Jess defies barriers as he strives to make a living and provide a quality education for his son. Although poverty is a constant obstacle, living is rich and colorful in an integrated setting. Neighbors are supportive and coexist. A series of women play important roles in Jess' life. Although skin color is a barrier, love blooms and tragedy results. A destructive bitterness is born from the seeds of discrimination. Jess' ambition for his son, Johnny’s reactions,love and reality bring this novel to a historic conclusion. This definition of our times is a yardstick for measuring social progress in America’s history.

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Evelyn Allen Johnson is a registered nurse and graduated Cum Laude from Freedmens' Hospital School of Nursing, which was replaced by Howard University School of Nursing. She later attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she obtained a B.S.N. and P.H.N. Johnson has vast nursing experience including Public School Nursing and Nursing Administration. She is an award-winning author, having received the Vassie D. Wright Award for her novel, My Neighbor's Island. She has also written numerous other works including, Get The Show On The Road and a book of poetry, A Nurse's Notes.
Published January 7, 2013 by Lynray Press. 557 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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