Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is a brilliant reimagining and republication of Jonathan Odell's debut novel, The View from Delphi.Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi's racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can't keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel's husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.
Publisher: Bronxville, NY : Maiden Lane Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781940210049
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 461 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Mar 23, 2019

Well written. Excellent storyteller. Some characters, in my opinion, were left untapped. The ending left a bit to be desired to me. Perhaps there is a sequel in the works?? Worth the read though!

Sep 20, 2017

Please make this available as an ebook!

May 14, 2016

This was a nice read, lots of deep characters and interwoven stories. I was slightly disappointed that so many ends are left untied at the close of the story, but I guess this was just a snapshot of lives, where the lives continue on. I like the small town feel. While larger changes are happening in Mississippi, this small town has miniature versions of the political change.

Aug 26, 2015

Loved this book. Set in Mississippi at a time of change. Strong, resilient characters who suffered greatly because of the colour of their skin.


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