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One Dark Body Charlotte Watson Sherman

One Dark Body

Charlotte Watson Sherman

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ISBN : 9780704343849
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A rich and evocative first novel by a unique voice in the African-American literary tradition, One Dark Body is gracefully written and filled with startling original imagery. Its broad themes are identity, history, survival, and initiation. Set inMoreA rich and evocative first novel by a unique voice in the African-American literary tradition, One Dark Body is gracefully written and filled with startling original imagery. Its broad themes are identity, history, survival, and initiation. Set in Pearl, Washington, One Dark Body is the story of Raisin, a twelve-year-old girl abandoned at birth by her mother and raised by foster parents along with other damaged and unwanted children. It is the story of her mother, Nola, who has returned to reclaim her daughter and to put to rest the ghosts from the past who continue to haunt their lives: the spirits of El, Raisins father, who committed suicide- and of Ouida, Nolas mother, who, it is rumored, shot her husband. One Dark Body is also the story of Sin-Sin, the fatherless fourteen-year-old son of the local schoolteacher, and his relationship with Blue, the wanga-man, a healer and shamanic figure living in the forest outside of town, who has determined to initiate Sin-Sin into manhood. It is the story of Sin-Sins mother, raised in her fathers house by an emotionally abusive stepmother, sexually abused by her cousins, and neglected by her father. And it is the story of Blue and his family: his father, who was murdered for burning down the hanging tree after taking revenge on the white man who raped his wife, and Blues own lessons in the ways of traditional African folk medicine. The lives of Charlotte Watson Shermans characters and generations intertwine throughout One Dark Body as they struggle to cope with harsh realities. These are people whose world is filled with magic, myth, and dreaming. They suffer pain, but also possess strength, dignity, and hope.