Plumville, Georgia had an order to its way of life, and few ever upset it.
Benjamin Drummond is heir to all Plumville had to offer—wealth, good looks, and a promising career as a future state judge. As a graduating senior at a local college, he’s poised for success, if only he can keep his grades up. With the distractions of playing football, being in a fraternity, and having his pick of the women on campus, he has little incentive to study—until his assigned tutor turns out to be a black girl from his past who'd never left his mind...or heart.
Coralee Simmons is determined to make it out of Plumville with a diploma in her hand and dignity in her stride, despite a social climate determined to stifle both. And with her family and friends supporting her each step of the way, Coralee knows she will go far. Yet when her mentor provides a tutoring opportunity to increase her edge, she’s suddenly reunited with the white boy who'd meant too much to her as a child...and still did even now.
Set during the turbulent 1960s, Benjamin and Coralee experience change in a community unprepared and unwelcoming of it. Can a relationship rekindle and bloom under such adversity, or will it succumb in the battle for Plumville's status quo?
This novel is a 2016 LIBRARY JOURNAL Self-E selection.
About Savannah J. Frierson (Columbia, South Carolina Author)
Savannah J. Frierson realized writing was her calling her junior year of high school. She completed her first original work, Reconstructing Jada Channing, as her senior thesis at Harvard University, earning the 2005 Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for most outstanding thesis concerning African or African-American literature. In 2007, Savannah released her first novel, Being Plumville, which earned Savannah SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards in 2007, an Emma Award nomination for Debut Author of the Year at the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Conference and a Library Journal Self-e Selection in 2016. She has also spoken at several book fairs, including the Charleston's Black Ink Festival, South Carolina Book Festival, Charleston's Capital Bookfest, book clubs, radio shows, and classes about her work.
Savannah is dedicated to social justice issues, especially those concerning Black womyn. She is dedicated to ensuring representations of Black womyn are as full of breadth, life, and vitality as they exist in the world.
When not writing, Savannah enjoys engaging in social media until she’s either laughing or cussing at her screen; reading until her eyes grow heavy; singing until she’s hoarse; and learning until there’s nothing left to learn. Luckily, such a thing is impossible.
Savannah is represented by the wonderful Saritza Hernandez at The Corvisiero Agency.