“Contentment is an earned thing,” she replied. “Not something you get without accumulating years worth of scars.”
Angel of Greenwood is another must read for all hoping to understand what it is to be Black in America. As powerful and compelling as Dear Martin and as beautifully written as The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois.
This is the story of Angel and Isaiah, two teens living in Greenwood, Oklahoma just before the Massacre in 1921. Both are deep, complex souls obsessed with literature, enjoy debating the merits of Washington vs DuBois and trying to find out who they want to be in the world they are living in. Angel is pure and sweet, caring for everyone but a bit picked on by her contemporaries. Isaiah is a poet who doesn’t show his true self to the world and hangs with a rougher crowd even though he wishes he did not. When their paths cross, they change each other in unexpected and expansive ways. The first two thirds of the book you will absolutely fall in love with them and revel in their debates. Then the unthinkable happens and we see how they respond and survive one of the worst days in American history.
Read this book. It is lovely. It is heartbreaking. It is essential. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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