The View from Delphi by Jonathan Odell

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Set in pre-civil rights era in Mississippi, The View From Delphi is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida -- one white and the other black. Having only two things in common -- the devastating loss of their sons, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another -- the novel focuses on both of their lives: their drastically differing stories and their drastically differing lives.When Vida is hired as a maid by Hazel's husband to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife, they reluctantly start to see the other as her last chance at personal redemption. Together, the form an unholy alliance to turn the town of Delphi on its head.With an irreverent vein of dark humor, Jonathan Odell has created an absorbing novel, exploring the sometimes contradictory sentiments around race, family and home.
 

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Jonathan Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation in a small town. At college he became an activist and sold The Ebony Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota. The View from Delphi is the author's first novel.
 
Published June 1, 2004 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing. 330 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Initially, Vida despises both Hazel and her son Johnny, but the conventionally racist Hazel is too medicated to care.

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Meanwhile, one of Hazel's two sons is killed in an accident, and Hazel indulges her proclivities for fast driving and strong spirits, crashing into a life-size nativity scene.

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