Destiny’s Dilemma, a historical novel, tells the story of an African American woman in 1912 having to choose between a life of segregation with her family or leaving them to experience freedom the rest of the world offered.
Zorida Hughes Williams moved home to take care of her dying mother and found that some things had changed in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Some things had stayed the same, like Hells Half Acre, an area where saloons, prostitution and gambling ran wild. Like most of the residents, she wanted to keep her head down and stay away from trouble, but trouble came in an unlikely form of an Anglo Baptist preacher. He set out to fight corruption and almost got them all killed.
Does she stay in the one of the most racist sections of the country and care for her dying mother while fighting for something she believes in or does she go back to her “good life” back east to escape it all? If Zo leaves she will have peace and the luxury she has grown used to. If she stays she will have the final days with her mom, but also have to fight through Hell’s Half Acre.
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Zo, Alzora and Hardy along with a few of the white ladies from First Baptist Church helped the Norris’ settle into a rent house after their home was set on fire. All the Norris’ had gotten out safely, but this thing was wearing on them. Lilly Norris was a good Christian woman, but all of this foolishness was threatening her children. But right now, she was being a good church wife and entertaining people as they were helping her get settle. She was surprised by folks generosity of goods and time.
The Norris’ moved into a bigger house, farther away from the church. In the parlor, white ladies sorted through clothes and linens that had been donated. In the kitchen, Hardy instructed her sisters where to put donated kitchen items, while she cleaned the ones that came from fire. Not dressed like she was most days, Zo had on a plain skirt, field shirt and a rag tied around her head.
“These books need to go to the parlor,” Hardy said looking at a crate of books. “I don’t know who brought them in here. And these dishes need to be washed in boiling water.”
Zo carried a crate of books into the room designated as Reverend Norris’s study. She stopped to glance at the titles when a voice behind her said.
“Hardy said you are a very smart girl,” He laughed. “But can you make a cake like her?”
Zo turned to see the thin wiry man, Reverend Norris behind her. He had a crate of books and stopped short of the table that was the only piece of furniture in the room.
“Hardy talks about you often.”
“She has mentioned you a couple of times.”
“Zoraida, you find yourself a good man and submit to him, like the Bible says. All your book learning won’t fill his belly.”
She had encountered this far too often to get upset or ignorant.
“Reverend, stop pissing of those white folks before they kill you.”
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him; but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
“Reverend as you are a witness, the civilized world is like a child brought up by his father, it is in need of a great mother heart to teach it to be pitiful, to love mercy, to care for the weak and lowly.”
“I am not familiar.”
“Anna Julia Cooper.”
“I don’t think I have heard of her.”
“Now you have.”
Norris stood on the porch with his assistant, Donald. They watched the three colored women walk down the street.
“That Nigga is a little uppity. I heard how she talked to you.”
“In order to be better, you have to do better. You are not born better than anyone. You have to work at it. You have to achieve better. She is smart. Right now, you are not.
( Continued… )
Copyright © November 2013 by Karen J. Anderson. All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Karen J. Anderson. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.
Meet the Author
Karen J. Anderson loves to tell a good story and believes in the power of laughter. When she graduated from high school she wanted to be an actor, and over the years has broaden her perspective and now tells stories through acting, film making, photography and writing. She believes everyone has a story. She loves capturing moments that help others celebrate, think and appreciate all that they have.
Anderson graduated from Texas Christian University with degrees in Film Production and Journalism. She worked at newspapers, news stations and book publishing companies. She started writing stories when she was 12 years old and has been at it ever since.
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Genre: Historical Fiction> African American > Christian