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Breena Clarke

Författare till River, Cross My Heart

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Verk av Breena Clarke

River, Cross My Heart (1999) 1,271 exemplar, 14 recensioner
Stand the Storm: A Novel (2008) 139 exemplar, 7 recensioner
Angels Make Their Hope Here (2014) 47 exemplar, 2 recensioner

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Dreams for a Broken World (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Stonecoast Review: Issue No. 5: Volume 5 (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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Johnnie Mae Bynum was the older sister to Clara, and therefore was charged with her care when her mother was not available. A natural swimmer herself, Johnnie Mae can't keep away from water, and therefore enters the Potomac River one hot day. Clara watches at first, but then drops into the water. Unfortunately, she drowns.

Johnnie Mae expects hard questions. Why was she at the river when she had been told not to go there? What happened? But the story her mother hears, from those who were there, is that Johnnie Mae dove repeatedly, trying to save her little sister. Nobody holds her responsible for Clara's death, except herself.

Then Johnnie Mae befriends Pearl, a new girl in class. She takes her to be some kind of physical manifestation of her sister's ghost. The two become close, but Johnnie Mae does not tell Pearl how she sees her.

Just through living and watching and listening, Johnnie Mae confronts her fears about the death of Clara.
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slojudy | 13 andra recensioner | Sep 8, 2020 |
Engagingly written winding narrative filled with colorful characters. It provides a vivid picture of Black Georgetown in the 1920s. And the child protagonist is just as charming and infuriating as child characters (and real life children) often are.
sanyamakadi | 13 andra recensioner | Aug 19, 2020 |
OBC, wishlist rabck from judygreeneyes; A coming of age story set in Georgetown during segregation. Johnnie is a black teen, who's sister drowns in the Potomac accidentally. The death affects Johnnie and her family. For a time Johnnie believes that Clara is present in the new girl in school as a "haint", but she eventually realizes that Pearl is just a girl, albeit different than the other girls. Good supporting characters, give you a flavor of what Georgetown was like back in the early 1900s.
nancynova | 13 andra recensioner | Jul 14, 2017 |



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