This Side of Eternity

This Side of Eternity

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
After the death of her father in the late 1960s, Anne Russell and her family struggle to survive in the face of strikes, civil rights protests, and a deep-seated racial tension that permeates every facet of their everyday lives.

Blackwell North Amer
This Side of Eternity is the tale of an African-American family's determination to stay together and to survive in any way they can in a world of discrimination, limited opportunity, and unendurable poverty. When Anne Russell's father is killed in an accident on the job in the late 1960s, her family must survive on its own through labor strikes, civil rights protests, and a racial tension that permeates every aspect of their daily lives. Struggling with the explosive social issues around her and the inertia of a family unwilling to seize a better life, Anne begins to make it on her own and embody the proud, indefatigable spirit of those around her who would succeed in changing the world.
Anne grows to learn, however, that changing the world can often be easier than changing the people around you, including those you love most. As the years pass, and the lessons of the movement that so affected Anne's family begin to fade, Anne finds herself continually trying to hold everyone together, despite their ongoing attempts to break everything apart. As children grow into adults, and parents into grandparents, the struggle for freedom and opportunity remains as daunting and relevant as when Anne was a child. Just as she once fought to save her siblings from the doldrums of poverty, she must now do the same for her own children.

Baker
& Taylor

After the death of her father in the late 1960s, Anne Russell and her family struggle to survive in the face of strikes, civil rights protests, and a deep-seated racial tension that permeates virtually every facet of their everyday lives, in a story set during the civil rights movement in Tennessee. 75,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
From the beloved author of The Flip Side of Sin, One Better, Blue Collar Blues, and the national bestseller Knowing comes a beautiful and evocative story of one family's struggle for survival amid the hope and trauma of the civil rights movement in Tennessee. In what promises to be her most memorable book to date, Rosalyn McMillan brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in American history. Rich in the tradition of Southern storytelling, This Side of Eternity is the tale of an African-American family's determination to stay together and to survive in any way they can in a world of discrimination, limited opportunity, and unendurable poverty. With powerful, penetrating language and richly developed characters, McMillan deftly weaves historical events into a compelling, unforgettable saga reminiscent of Gone With the Wind. When Anne Russell's father is killed in an accident on the job in the late 1960s, her family must survive on its own through labor strikes, civil rights protests, and a racial tension that permeates every aspect of their daily lives. Struggling with the explosive social issues around her and the inertia of a family unwilling to seize a better life, Anne begins to make it on her own and embody the proud, indefatigable spirit of those around her who would succeed in changing the world. Anne grows to learn, however, that changing the world can often be easier than changing the people around you, including those you love most. As the years pass, and the lessons of the movement that so affected Anne's family begin to fade, Anne finds herself continually trying to hold everyone together, despite their ongoing attempts to break everything apart. As children grow into adults, and parents into grandparents, the struggle for freedom and opportunity remains as daunting and relevant as when Anne was a child. Just as she once fought to save her siblings from the doldrums of poverty, she must now do the same for her own children. This Side of Eternity is a truly unforgettable book that shows the strength of faith and family against the backdrop of the African-American experience through the civil rights movement and beyond. Rosalyn McMillan's finest work yet, it is guaranteed to rank among the best and brightest African-American fiction being written today.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780684862880
0684862883
9780671034368
0671034367
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCMILLAN
Characteristics: x, 306 p. ; 25 cm

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