Clarabelle’s Rose explores the appalling world of racism and the secrets, challenges and pain that accompany bigotry
Clarabelle’s Rose explores the appalling world of racism during the 1960s and 1970s and the secrets, challenges and pain that accompany bigotry. Clarabelle Simmons, who has been physically abused throughout her childhood, hears her racist father plotting to murder a local black man, but remains silent fearing she might be killed as well. Shortly thereafter, Clarabelle is raped by a mentally challenged black man and gives birth to a biracial daughter she calls Rose. Along the way, she meets and befriends a black woman whose family was affected by Clarabelle’s father’s hatred. As their friendship blossoms, secrets are revealed, that can destroy their worlds. A decade after the baby’s birth, Clara, Sara and Rose return to their hometown and risk their lives to face the Klansmen who tried to destroy them. Will they succeed at finding justice or will their efforts be futile? Clarabelle, Sara and Rose take the reader on a journey and along the way they discover forgiveness, redemption and friendship.
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 317 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 24, 2012)
Genre: FICTION / Family Life