When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she's sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn't want to go to College. Despite her parent's staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter's disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon's sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it's cracked up to be.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it's too late?
The Stella Trilogy
"This trilogy hit the nail on the head and painted vivid pictures of what it meant to be black during the time of slavery. It also introduces an aspect many of us are not exposed to especially when one is mixed and is faced with the hard choice of choosing which “side” you will let the world see and how this benefits you and in the long run how it affects you as a person and your family. The character Stella is a strong woman faced with hard choices and carries burdens that we cannot fathom. It is eye opening of the racial diversities that we still encounter today, making it a bitter pill to swallow no matter which side of the spectrum you’re looking at it. These stories all tell a tale of their own, each taking you down a path you did not see coming. They are all unique in their own way and are quite interesting considering there are three generations represented. Great read for everyone and interesting to discuss in a book club."
- Kasapo Chibwe