by Angelia Vernon Menchan
Aria Jackson left Greenfield in search of an MBA from Wharton and her dignity. She felt escaping the hood and her uneducated but loving mother would validate her. However, a job as the youngest Vice President at a local bank brings her home and she has to realize her hometown, her mom and nothing else was what she thought and that one can never escape who they are or where they are from and what part will local philanthropist and entrepreneur, Saul Rathbone add to her mix?
The Reeducation of Aria Jackson covers timely and sensitive issues that plague the prodigal daughters of America’s inner cities.
Excerpt from The Reeducation of Aria Jackson by Angelia Vernon Menchan
“Are you still ashamed of us Aria or are you finally home?” His voice was low and melodious, sending a thrill up her spine.
“I’m in this town but I’m not going to live in this neighborhood. Left up to me, my mom wouldn’t either.” She snapped. She hadn’t seen Saul in years and they were already in combat. He was a few years older than her but had always taken pleasure in teasing her. She was once good friends with his sister.
“Why not Aria? This is a great neighborhood. It’s chockfull of professionals with white and blue collars and it spawned us, you and I, college educated and upwardly mobile.”
“This is you Saul, not me. It also spawned crack addicts and the like and I want nothing to do with that!” A slow smile covered his face.
“It did, like my sister and your former friend but Sandra is clean and sober and working as a counselor and you know why?”
“I’m sure you’re going to tell me…”
“It’s because of this place and people like your mom. They were never ashamed of her. They loved on her and chastised her and never gave up on her. This neighborhood is famous for that.”
“Well good for them and you but this is no longer me. If my mom weren’t here…”
“You would never come this way… That’s too bad Aria because it’s you we need. The girl born to the single mom who worked cleaning hotel rooms and selling dinners to allow her to live in her own home instead of an apartment or the projects and to go away to get an education. Those checks she mailed you were mailed from the hood post office. So instead of being ashamed of all this, you should be thanking God, Ms. Helen and this hood… But do you. By the way, you look good but you really do need a couple of those wings.”
( Continued… )
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About the Author
Angelia Vernon Menchan is a publishing author and entrepreneur who respects history while embracing the future. Through her publishing company, Honorable MENCHAN Media, she and her husband have published more than thirty full length books and countless novellas and short stories of her work. Menchan has also allowed unpublished authors to realize their dreams by publishing their work. To date she has provided that opportunity to twelve authors. When not writing, Menchan is a mentor and public speaker who fearlessly address the issues of young women in today’s world.