Set in Charlottesville, Virginia during the very last days of the Jim Crow South, Apron Strings is an extraordinary debut novel of life in the south and the bonds that existed between black and white. Mary Morony’s lyrical and rich prose weaves in and out of the present and the past to create a narrative that is a tough and unflinching look at a small southern town in a turbulent time.
Told in the clear strong voices of Sallee, a precocious nine-year old and Ethel, her family’s black maid, Apron Strings tells the complex story of a southern family that is breaking apart. Sallee is the child of a strong but dysfunctional mother who is as much a victim of a segregated south as her maid and a loving ‘outsider’ father who is ready to challenge the existing order, both socially and economically, to succeed in the coming new era. Ethel comes from a large, loving family that has struggled to survive in a world where “whites only” was a common sign. The narrators tell their stories from each of their perspectives,with only hints of the social unrest that is occurring throughout the south, but an unrest that clearly affects their lives as their stories unfold.
Her website is: http://www.marymorony.com/
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