By Janis Owens
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JOLIE HOYT is an efficient SOUTHERN lady residing in Hendrix, a small Florida Panhandle city. The daughter of a Pentecostal preacher who sells assurance at the part, and the easiest good friend of a full of life good looks who strikes to the large urban to pursue a profession in inside layout, Jolie is all too conscious of her family’s closet filled with secrets and techniques and long-held mistrust of outsiders. however, she throws warning to the wind while she meets Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology pupil from Miami, who's on the town to check the ethnic make-up of the region.
Jolie and Sam fall recklessly in love and dream of starting a existence jointly, far-off from Jolie’s buried prior. yet their affair ends all of sudden whilst Sam is found to have pried too deeply into Hendrix’s darkish racial background and he turns into the most recent sufferer in a protracted culture of small-town violence.
Twelve years later, whilst a black businessman from Memphis returns to Hendrix to do correct by way of his father’s reminiscence, Jolie and Sam are introduced jointly back. they're pressured to revisit the unresolved problems with their younger love and at last make clear the grotesque background of Jolie’s hometown.
A advanced and compulsively readable Southern saga, carrying on with within the culture demonstrated via Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and taken into the recent millennium by means of writers like Karen Russell and Kathryn Stockett, American Ghost used to be encouraged by way of Janis Owens’s wide learn on a true lynching that happened in 1934 in Marianna, Florida.
American Ghost is a richly woven exploration of ways the occasions of our previous hang-out our current
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American Ghost by Janis Owens