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The author lives on a quiet street in the state of Georgia, where she lingers daily under an aged Magnolia tree writing her next novel.

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For years, Alberta fought to avoid this hour of reckoning, when everything that had occurred would be reduced to front-page rhetoric and recyclable mush. But fate intervened, causing her to believe in the worse type of disease - a virus that develops, moves and settles, all in silence-named hatred. Nothing mattered but revenge. Getting even, in the most irrational method conceivable, she felt, would wipe the slate clean for her years of humiliation at TVA, and the years and years of racial discrimination others had experienced. This was her hour of self-realization.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553691369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553691365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,362,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on September 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
COLORED WAITING ROOM by Patricia G. Pope is the story of the deep, dark descent of Alberta Graham. Alberta is a security officer at a Federal nuclear plant in rural Cherokee, Tennessee. Because of a promotion, she is transferred to this rural and racist area of Tennessee. Alberta has two strikes against her, one she is black and two she is female.
The story depicts the corruption, for monetary gain, by the employees at the nuclear plant, Alberta�s discovery of it, the cover up that ensues and the racist attitudes of the employees. In addition to the corruption, Alberta�s mental state into abyss is showcased. We read and watch as this woman attempts to fight the system within and lose her mind in the interim. Additionally, we are able to experience with Alberta a romantic encounter that she has against her better judgment. How does this encounter fit into the scheme of things at the nuclear plant? Who are these people, both black and white, that enter and disturb Alberta�s world? Why is Alberta marked as a revolutionary and troublemaker within the �good ole boy� network?
It is quite evident, as Pope states in the synopsis, that this book is for both the casual reader and the scholar. The colored waiting room, on the grounds of the nuclear plant, is symbolic and through Alberta�s actions and her musings this room becomes her refuge. The use of several literary techniques is excellent providing for a thoughtful, sympathetic, yet disturbing read.
Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dera R Williams VINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
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The term "Colored Waiting Room" brings to mind segregation and Jim Crow in the south when African Americans were subjected to separate facilities, most often inferior. That is the crux of Alberta Graham's dilemma as she agonizingly awaits her fate in the rural south's equivalent of corporate America, in the backwoods of Tennessee. The Cherokee Nuclear Plant is the setting for the racism, sexism and snubs Alberta endures time and time again.

The incidents are slowly and methodically taking toll, her sanity coming into question, acquiring that all too familiar label of angry black woman. Is this in truth the diary of a mad, black woman or a strong black woman? Labels withstanding, career mishaps including uncovering a corrupt management, family relationships and a workplace affair all combine to drive this woman spiraling into a descent of destruction.

Pope's story is a good one, though her style has a sort of noire, surreal effect. At times, this was troubling to read but also served to drive home the serious reality of the situation. This reviewer felt this book could reach a wider audience and compete with other writings by black writers who tackle psychological issues experienced by African Americans, had the author received better content editing. Nevertheless, perhaps she will be discovered by a traditional publisher that will give her work justice.

Dera Williams

APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Mood on December 24, 2002
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Ms. Pope's book reminds us daily that racism is alive and well.
I can relate to this book and I know quite a few people, men as well as women, who share my sentiments. I would like to thank the author for making America aware of the daily struggles in the work place.
I felt her words as if they were my own. Yes, certain emotions were brought out as I read the Colored Waiting Room; I cried, I smiled, and said a few choice words. I wish that every person in America would read this book. It speaks volume. It speaks for so many.
Thank you Ms. Pope for letting us know that we are not alone. I pray that one day we will all be treated as equals in the work place as well as in our neighborhoods. This is not one person's story....There are thousands of us who can tell almost the same exact story. Hats of to you for doing what I and others do not have the nerve to do. Tell it all!
Deborah Mood
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on August 6, 2003
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More than literature, this is a thriller because, at the start, Alberta Graham is counting sticks of dynamite & feeding the flames of a hatred fed by eight years ago of petty, frightening, intangible racism.
Once, Alberta Graham had been a proud Texas woman dreaming of becoming the first female shift lieutenant at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Nuclear Plant. She has survived eight spirit-breaking years of the "good ole boy" network.
Rebeccasreads recommends COLORED WAITING ROOM as a gripping, if a technically difficult read. It could have had some editing, however it will leave you drenched with the stench of racism & a dreadfully poignant rage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Now Voyager on March 13, 2006
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Sometimes a story comes along that grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go until it has taken you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Colored Waiting Room is a compelling story of intrigue and the darkness that resides within the souls of people who look normal and unfortunately make Alberta's life hell. We want Alberta to *make* it. But I won't give away the plot... You'll want to savor that yourself. Don't bypass this page turning gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma L. Hill on September 2, 2006
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This Book was absolutely great. It was well written, and loaded with information. The descriptions of the places made the reader think they were actually there, and the details of each character made the reader know them individually. Alberta Graham is a wonderful character, who represents so may people who had to endure racism. Colored Waiting Room was captivating, explosive, enchanting, fascinating,and courageous.
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