Rhythms: A Novel Paperback – September 14, 2002
"The Devil Wears Black" by L.J. Shen
From author L.J. Shen comes a second-chance romance about love, loss, finding yourself, and getting lost in the right person. | Learn more
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“Hill...offers a moving saga of three generations of Black women...a richly detailed saga.” ―Essence magazine
“An Outstanding Read! are the only words to describe Donna hill's foray into mainstream fiction.” ―Romantic Times 4 1/2 Gold Stars
About the Author
Donna Hill has fifteen published novels to her credit and has been featured in Essence, The Daily News, USA Today, Today's Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television station across the country and her work has appeared on several bestseller lists. She works full time as a Public Relations Associate for the Queens Borough Public Library system, and organizes author-centered events and workshops through her promotions and management company ImageNOIR.org. Donna lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (September 14, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312300697
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312300692
- Item Weight : 10.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.84 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,606,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cora, however, is like a fish out of water on the mean streets of Chi-town. After a vicious and horrific encounter with her white employer, Cora returns to Rudell, and David, wanting to do nothing more than to put the horrible past behind her. Fate, however, decides to play a cruel trick on not only Cora, but her daughter Emma as well.
Emma, who has been blessed or cursed, depending on how you choose to look at it, to look nothing like her mother or her people. Deciding to 'cross-over' Emma leaves everything she has ever known in too-small, too narrow-minded Rudell to make it in New York, hoping to never been scorned for looking 'different.' There, after meeting the man of HER dreams, she also fights to forget her painful past. That is, until it also rears its head, in the form of her daughter, whom she practically drops on her mother's doorstep. Emma's been to the other side of the mountain and is determined to stay there, even at her daughter's expense. She doesn't even stick around long enough to give her child a name.
Parris, so named by her grandmother Cora, heals many wounds for Cora and David. Parris has also been blessed with her grandmother's incredible voice and restless feet, and unknowingly follows her mother's footstep by moving to New York. There she meets the man who could be her one and only, except he's got some skeltons of his own rattlin' 'round the closet. However, just when she is poised to fulfill those dreams not only for herself but also for her grandmother, events call her back home to Rudell. What she learns there could change her life forever.
Donna Hill has written a wonderful book with richly drawn characters. Her descriptions of Rudell will have you almost tasting the dust in the air, swatting the gnats away from your face and smelling some of that great down home cooking! It will make you smile and wish for a small community that knows everybody (and their business) but when needed, they are there for one another. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a book that shows strength, wisdom and courage!
Cora.. gifted singer raised in church and encouraged to dream by her father, the preacher. She sets off to realize these dreams and is confronted with ugliness and her darkest hour.
Emma.. she's labeled an outsider. Her disdain for her mother and her differences cause her to see an unusual way out of the Delta. She is confronted by her past and her true self.
Parris.. the "last chance to make it right." A musical prodigy and strong woman, made so by the morals engrained in her while growing up in the Delta. She is confronted by the ghosts of her predecessors.
Donna Hill has put together a fine novel, her growth as a writer apparent and almost blinding.
Have you ever read a book that reached out and told you...
"This is the book I've been waiting for" ...?
In a nutshell, this is what Rhythms told me.