Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation–a story as timely as it is timeless…
The year is 1963. In Harlem, the epicenter of Black culture, the fight for equality has never been stronger. The time is now. Enough is enough. Yet even within its ranks, a different kind of battle rages. Love thy neighbor? Or rise up against your oppressors?
Jason Tanner has just arrived in New York to help spread the message of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of passive resistance, while beat poet Anita Hopkins believes the teachings of Malcolm X with all her heart: that the way to true freedom is “by any means necessary.” When Jason sees Anita perform her poetry at the iconic B-Flat lounge, he’s transfixed. And Anita has never met anyone who can match her wit for wit like this…
One movement, two warring ideologies–can love be enough to unite them?
Confessions in B-Flat is a celebration of the hard-won victories of those who came before us, and a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go.
Writing Impressions: Beautifully written, the author captured the history, the tension, the fight for change and the relationship between two very complex characters during the Civil Rights Movement. The use of historical landmarks, media, and larger than life leaders made this book so much more than your typical historical romance.
Characters: The relationship Jason and Anita was everything I had hoped for and then some. They were both well-developed and Jason was a representation of sorts for the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while Anita represented the beliefs of Malcolm X. This was a fascinating and educational way to show the contrast between the two and was genius to show it in the contest of a relationship. The addition of other leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, while fictional, made this book come to life.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this book immensely. I would classify it as historical fiction with a very real romantic relationship at the center. This book is timely and while it shows how much has changed, the bigger impact for me personally was just how far we have to go.
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