Confessions in B-Flat
by Donna Hill
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Pub Date 24 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 10 Jul 2023
Entangled Publishing, LLC, Sideways Books
"A captivating and skillfully constructed weaving of history and romantic drama." -Kirkus
Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional and powerful love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation—a story as timely as it is timeless...
The year is 1963. In Harlem, the epicenter of Black culture, the fight for equality has never been stronger. The time is now. Enough is enough. Yet even within its ranks, a different kind of battle rages. Love thy neighbor? Or rise up against your oppressors?
Jason Tanner has just arrived in New York to help spread the message of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of passive resistance, while beat poet Anita Hopkins believes the teachings of Malcolm X with all her heart: that the way to true freedom is "by any means necessary." When Jason sees Anita perform her poetry at the iconic B-Flat lounge, he’s transfixed. And Anita has never met anyone who can match her wit for wit like this…
One movement, two warring ideologies—can love be enough to unite them?
Confessions in B-Flat is a celebration of the hard-won victories of those who came before us, and a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go.
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Donna Hill’s ‘Confessions in B-Flat’ is a poignant, timely, and beautiful story about two people finding their way during the tumultuous 1960s.
When Jason Tanner meets Anita Hopkins on a bus bound for New York City, he knows he’s encountered someone special. He’s been sent by Dr. King to expand the message of passive resistance to people up north, which seems to directly clash with Anita’s support of Malcolm X’s ideology. But neither Jason nor Anita can seem to shake their connection. Will it be enough to keep them together during one of the most politically charged time periods in America’s history?
As mentioned in the blurb, this novel is as timeless as it is timely. At its core, it’s a story about two people whose connection and love for each other strengthens with time, despite some seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Hill is masterful at weaving the history of the Civil Rights Movement into her narrative; you feel dropped straight into that time period and all of its vigor and tumultuousness. Yet, the personal connection and bond between Anita and Jason is what really shines. Though they’re shaped by their time, their love is universal.
I felt a gamut of emotions reading the arc of their story, and feel that it’s not only important for its message about civil rights (and how much more work there is to do) but for its beautiful love story and tremendous character growth. I also greatly enjoy reading stories about characters whose life experiences are different from mine, as it widens my worldview and enriches my life in ways that are valuable and important. We need more stories like these.
This is one of my favorite novels of 2020. A definite must-read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
CONFESSIONS IN B-Flat is a masterpiece that accurately records the struggle of the sixties through the lens of a a young couple who are actively involved in that struggle. This story will resonate with your spirit because it foreshadows the struggles of today. The photos, newspaper. Clippings and posters that are incorporated in the book add to the historical authenticity of the story. while the music and poetry add to the cultural experience. The love story that develops between the main characters is an added plus. I highly recommend Confessions in B-Flat.
Being from Atlanta, and seeing actual life Civil Rights Heros come to live on a page, wrapped up in a moving romance, was just so beautiful to me. Donna Hill is amazing! The way she somehow made such a timely novel set in the Civil Rights Movement, a true journey of love during an important time of American history.
Jason and Anita have conflicting feelings about what it takes to have true liberation for black people. But their real liberation is the love that they have for each other. The American dream for them also includes a love that is revolutionary. The Poetry that Hill used for Anita was also beautiful- like a reverse "Love Jones" scenario in a way. The letters from Jason from Vietnam broke me down completely.y
SN: bravo for also including contraception in a novel during a time when that about. I could classify this as a historical romance (crazy to think the 1960s is now historical), but I really appreciated it.
My only negative: I truly didn't want the book to end but so grateful for the HEA ending.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I still have tears in my eyes! What a beautifully written book! I loved everything about this story. Jason, the do gooder who is a follower of MLK and Anita, a fiery activist supporting Malcolm X. Both of them coming together despite their differences and the challenges it causes educates you on how life was back then. I loved the history in this book and the pictures! You go from heart break to laughter to love. I definitely recommend reading.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.