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Scarlet Carnation: A Novel Kindle Edition
In an early twentieth-century America roiling with racial injustice, class divides, and WWI, two women fight for their dreams in a galvanizing novel by the bestselling author of Golden Poppies.
1915. May and Naomi are extended family, their grandmothers’ lives inseparably entwined on a Virginia plantation in the volatile time leading up to the Civil War. For both women, the twentieth century promises social transformation and equal opportunity.
May, a young white woman, is on the brink of achieving the independent life she’s dreamed of since childhood. Naomi, a nurse, mother, and leader of the NAACP, has fulfilled her own dearest desire: buying a home for her family. But they both are about to learn that dreams can be destroyed in an instant. May’s future is upended, and she is forced to rely once again on her mother. Meanwhile, the white-majority neighborhood into which Naomi has moved is organizing against her while her sons are away fighting for their country.
In the tumult of a changing nation, these two women—whose grandmothers survived the Civil War—support each other’s quest for liberation and dignity. Both find the strength to confront injustice and the faith to thrive on their chosen paths.
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In her sixth novel, author Laila Ibrahim tells the story of two women in heart-wrenching situations, whose lives have been entwined by their grandmothers’ shared history. May believes she’s finally going to be able to start a new chapter in her life, but one unexpected decision forces her to rely on her mother for support yet again. Naomi has finally bought her family a home of their own, but her new neighbors aren’t rolling out the welcome mat, no matter that her sons are off fighting for them all. They will each face injustices and support each other in their quests for liberation.
It’s uncanny how closely the themes in Scarlet Carnation reflect our current times. While a pessimist might say we haven’t made much progress, Ibrahim writes inspiring stories about faith and persistence in the face of obstacles because she fervently believes that liberation and equality are possible.
—Jodi Warshaw, Editor
About the Author
Laila Ibrahim is the bestselling author of Golden Poppies, Paper Wife, Mustard Seed, and Yellow Crocus. She spent much of her career as a preschool director, a birth doula, and a religious educator. That work, coupled with her education in developmental psychology and attachment theory, provided ample fodder for her novels.
She’s a devout Unitarian Universalist, determined to do her part to add a little more love and justice to our beautiful and painful world. She lives with her wonderful wife, Rinda, and two other families in a small cohousing community in Berkeley, California. Her young adult children are her pride and joy.
Laila is blessed to be working full-time as a novelist. When she isn’t writing, she likes to take walks with friends, do jigsaw puzzles, play games, work in the garden, travel, cook, and eat all kinds of delicious food. Visit the author at www.lailaibrahim.com.
- ASIN : B09DYD5HYZ
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 April 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 6008 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542020751
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,376 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The two families - one white, one black are friends with a long history which began in slave times.
They now live in San Francisco, and the time is the early 20th century just before WWII .
There is still racial prejudice and blacks are struggling to be accepted in parts of the city and also looking for the right to vote.
Spanish flu is also part of the story which rings bells for us at this time with people wearing masks. TB is also an issue.
The story keeps you wanting to read on and I loved how we have seen their two families grow and change over the years in the three stories.
Can stand alone perfectly well, but perhaps makes more sense if you've read the precursors to this novel.
The book can easily stand alone on it's own merit but it is a follow on to Yellow Crocus and Mustard seed and Golden Poppies and reading the previous books will give a greater understanding to the characters back story.
The book is set during the First World War in America and explores the lives of both Lisbeth and Mattie's families.
The author has a wonderful way of making the reader really connect with the characters and gives insight into some of the trials of tribulations of people post slavery days.
Although a work of fiction the author has clearly researched the time period and weaved in actual events like the Houston riot, which is a subtle but great way to educate the reader on times and events they may never have been aware of.
All in all a great read.....I can't wait for Laila Ibrahim's next book!
It was interesting and made me think
The treatment of babies born with challenges and unmarried women is also handled with Frank honestyy
A must read book