Pub Date 27 Apr 2017
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In the backdrop of the South in the 1940s, Eve, a mixed race girl in the deep country, has a not-so-memorable past and a less-than-hopeful future. Living with Mae Evelyn, her neglectful mother and Bear, her malevolent stepfather,
Eve is forced to suffer physical indignities and abuses, in order to carry out the domestic duties, of which she is solely responsible. When Bear observes her having to put down the family cow, her courage and sorrow unexpectedly softens him towards her, allowing him to see the woman she is becoming. Hoping for a chance at autonomy, Eve attempts to work with her mother at the local courthouse, but winds up incurring the elder's wrath, as Eve's no nonsense personality ignites the interest of the hiring boss, Judge Latham Honeycutt.
In a torrent of discovery, the slow burning embers of real love cause Eve to flee from her abusive home, running into the arms of uncertainty, where at every turn she guards herself against the fury of her mother, the uncertainty of her employer and the outright hatred from the society in which she lives.
"A Haven Amidst Perdition is very accessible in its use of language and setting, but the novel is at the same time dense in its themes, plot, imagery, and tragic aesthetic. You cannot tear through this novel, no matter how avid a reader you might be. The author has woven an unsettling oppression into her novel’s aesthetic that I think sets it a part of similar pastoral novel’s like The Color Purple and Beloved." "For something to give me joy, it has to impress upon my mind as well as my heart: A Haven Amidst Perdition did such for me. I found myself thinking about the protagonists" lives as if they were real people, and I actually 'felt" their lives through the authors' heart-felt expression of their sorrows and their hopes as they traveled through life in search of love and happiness."