A rollicking tale of friendship, love, and female solidarity…
Rich in evocative detail and human insight, White’s engrossing tale tells the story of three young Black friends as they struggle to navigate ups and downs of their conflicted lives. Life in the rural, coastal town of Cliff Harbour, Nova Scotia, in 1940s is not exactly easy, particularly for the best friends, Pearl, Augustine, and Holly. The war is over, but segregation, classism, and patriarchy are still realities of the time. The girls’ lives become complicated after boys come into picture. A tragedy sets things in motion, and the friends become estranged from each other. But fate has other plans. White skillfully describes the harsh reality of discrimination and Black oppression of the era as the friends traverse the upheavals of their lives. Pearl’s growing sense of her own identity, the people around her, and her relentless guilt over Augustine’s tragic fate is portrayed beautifully. White skillfully depicts the girls’ evolving worldview as the years pass, smoothly integrating their personal stories into the affecting narrative. She ably evokes the era as she delves into the difficult lives of Black women and the devastating ways war’s aftermath affects masses. Heartfelt and beautifully written, the narrative is rife on twists, turns, and shocking revelations. The love stories of various couples are poignant, and the meticulously researched details, including people’s way of living, class disparity, and racial discrimination are infused skillfully into the main storyline. This mesmerizing tale of sisterhood will linger in readers’ minds long after the final page is turned.
DESTINY LOVE JONES VOL 1.
“sisters and the plight with boys”
By N. R. White
Library and Archives Canada
Pub date February 11, 2021
Price $21.95 (USD) Paperback, $8.25 Kindle edition