Thursday, July 8, 2010

Throwback Thursday: What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

Throwback Thursday, an event hosted by Jenny over at Take Me Away Reading, is a new meme I'll be featuring at least once a month  It's the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic!

Synopsis:  Ava Johnson was living out her dream in Atlanta: fabulous career, high living, and the promise that things could only get bigger and better. Then Ava's future crumbled -- she tested positive for HIV. Believing her life to be over, she returns to Idlewild, Michigan, the small town of her childhood. But home is not what it used to be, and Ava's homecoming is anything but the sorrowful end she expected. Big-city problems have made their way to Idlewild, and Ava finds a new beginning in working with the town's troubled black youths. Oh, and then there's Wild Eddie -- nothing gives a gal a new lease on life like falling in love!

I remember reading this and being blown away by this author bold enough to write about a black woman living with HIV, I mean really living with it.  I was also fascinated by the introduction of Idlewild, one of the few resorts where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property prior to 1964.  I had never heard of it before reading the book and now attending their annual jazz festival is high up on my bucket list.

Originally published: 1998

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