|About the Book|
Dori Sanderss first novel, Clover, earned rave reviews, wide national sales, a Walt Disney movie option, the coveted Lillian Smith Award, and its authors appearance on NBCs Sunday Today show. In her eagerly awaited second novel, Her Own Place,MoreDori Sanderss first novel, Clover, earned rave reviews, wide national sales, a Walt Disney movie option, the coveted Lillian Smith Award, and its authors appearance on NBCs Sunday Today show. In her eagerly awaited second novel, Her Own Place, Sanders again delights in the comedy and keen pathos of everyday life as it is lived by everyday people - black and white. The only child of South Carolina tenant farmers and still in her teens when she marries, Mae Lee Barnes saves her wages from a job at a munitions plant, buys farmland of her own, and waits for her husbands return from World War II. He returns. Then he departs, returns, departs. He will not stay put. Eventually he is gone for good, but not until Mae Lee is left with five children to raise and a farm to run, by herself. Mae Lee is, in succession, war bride, abandoned wife, proud mother, dutiful daughter, successful farmer, retiree and town dweller, equally proud grandmother, first black hospital auxiliary member, elegant hostess, avid Braves fan, coper with things as they come. How does she do it? She isnt Gifted, Brilliant, All-Knowing- she is - well, Mae Lee Barnes is simply Indomitable. And while she is going about her life, the lives of black people and white people, the rural community and little town she retires to are changing. Without sermons, without pronouncements, Dori Sanders tells a story about ordinary, everyday people taking part in a momentous transformation involving ways of heart and mind. Mae Lee Barnes feels and participates in the change. But, in the end, shes still Mae Lee Barnes, still taking things as they come, still anticipating. Dori Sanderss Her Own Place is a story to savor, to treasure.Above all, its a story to enjoy.