“Very intense at times, this book takes you kicking and screaming back into the heat of the Klan and the horror that they inflicted. Well done look at history, yet with a theme that is still relevant for our times today!” ~ M. Schemanski, Amazon Review
Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features The Promised Land by Valerie Stocking which is rated 4.4 stars and currently rated #12 in Historical Fiction for Kindle books (at the time of this post). The Promised Land is an intensely powerful book about a 12-year-old girl struggling against the horrors of the racial era of the early 1960′s in the U.S. This is a gripping story that can be “painful to read yet impossible to put down”. We do not think The Promised Land will disappoint the reader.
“Valerie has captured well the spoken and unspoken bigotry of man. Growth of the young girl into the realities of what is and what should be is heart rendering.” ~ Old Soldier, Amazon Review
“Valerie Stocking’s novel, The Promised Land, is a coming-of-age story of a young girl, Joy, in the racially-tensioned South in the mid-1960′s.” ~ Alice Rose Lee, Amazon Review
Book Description: The pain, fear and rage of changing cultural landscapes explode in this provocative and sobering look at America’s south during the mid-1960′s. Twelve-year-old Joy Bradford moves with her mother Jessica from their white Connecticut suburb to the racially divided town of Willets Point, Florida. Her friendship with Clay, who is a mixed-race boy in her school and also a newcomer in town, sends shockwaves that dovetail with a growing sense of tension and unease in the community as a whole.
Clay’s well-educated, African-American father Clytus attempts to open a clothing store in the white section of downtown WIllets Point. This prompts Jessica’s new lawyer cum boyfriend and leader of the local Klan chapter, Bill McKendrick, to join with other white citizens in using great force to block Clytus’s dreams. The Klan’s subsequent demand that Clytus and his family move out of the white neighborhood they live in sets off an explosive confrontation that will change them all forever. An absorbing and suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of racial tensions in mid-1960′s America, “The Promised Land” is a spellbinding journey full of insight and intensity. ..… Read more on Amazon.
About the Author: Valerie Stocking began writing when she was five years old and won her first short story competition at the age of eight. In 1966, she and her mother moved from Connecticut to a small town in Florida, where Valerie encountered difficulties with the public school system, bigotry and bullying. She left a year later. She went on to graduate high school and college before earning a master’s degree from New York University in cinema studies.
Valerie has written consistently throughout her life everything from newspaper articles to advertising copy. She worked for six years as an editor for audio books, abridging over 100 novels. For ten years she wrote plays that had readings and productions throughout the United State and Canada. Her novel, “A Touch of Murder,” which was published in 2010, is the first in the Samantha Kern mystery series and was nominated for a Global eBook Award for Best Mystery in 2011. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is working on her next novel.
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“Valerie Stocking has captured and personified in 12-year-old Joy Bradford the era of the 1960′s which changed her and an entire nation.” ~ Lexy Clement, Amazon Review
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