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Billy McCoy
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Strange Fruit
Billy McCoy, author

Strange Fruit is a captivating story of two very different cousins, who, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty years, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other. The story of Jason Ayers is told by his cousin whom he met in childhood. Claudia Adams, a spirited girl from Reading, PA., never forgets the summer spent with her little cousin Jason who so profoundly influenced her life. A poor child of illiterate parents, Jason's boyhood is spent avoiding his dad and protecting his mother who tries to wrest a living from the cotton fields of Mississippi. Though in later years Jason suffers betrayal and desertion, through all the hardships of his life he preserves a valor of spirit that no hardship can daunt or break. However, when Claudia sees him again after many years, she finds him overwhelmed by life. Strange Fruit is a deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope. Claudia, perhaps because she has grown, learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship-and forgiveness-can sneak up on you like a sudden winter storm. She reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and the miracle found in the simple act of forgiving.

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Very Enjoyable, Literary by J. Calvin

An attention-worthy collection of contemporary women's fiction. To be read not only for its insights, but also for the edgy, dramatic undertones. Very enjoyable.

This anthology showcases two very distinct cousins with obvious differences who grow closer together. Strange Fruit is told through the perspective of Jason Ayers' cousin, Claudia Adams, whom he met in during his childhood in Mississippi. Claudia, a lively, colorful girl from Reading, PA., is happy that Jason shares with her some of his most private thoughts and memories as their relationship deepens. Although both cousins are young, Jason is older and more protective of Claudia; she likes this about Jason. After many years have passed without communication, she reunites with him, although this time, it's clear that life has taken its toll on Jason for a variety of reasons; Claudia is surprised by his lack of cleanliness and missing front teeth. The second story in this collection, Letters from Winnie, takes an introspective look into religion and how it impacts Janis Bailey's life. Janis' family, Cincinnati-natives with little when it comes to material things, are somewhat overbearing and infuriating. They believe that "the love of God will prevail" above all things, especially material things. Their daughter obviously thinks they need to come back down to the real word. Janice, as a community college student, decides to break away from her parents and go out on her own by getting, what she considers to be, an excellent paying job. It's not long after that she enters, a quicksand-type of relationship with the city bus driver, Jeffrey Martin. 

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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • B00CP48FJM
  • 128 pages
  • $2.99

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