Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel
Title: Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel
Author: Bebe Moore Campbell
The racially motivated deadly beating of a black teenager in a small Mississippi town ripples through generations, changing forever the lives of everyone involved in the incident.
Bebe Moore Campbell has been praised by Maya Angelou as “a writer who fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love.” Now, in Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, Ms. Campbell calls on her gifts of recollection and empathy with an insightful, timeless story of our recent past.
Chicago-born Armstrong Tood is fifteen, black, and unused to the ways of the segregated Deep South when his mother sends him to spend the summer with relatives in rural Mississippi. For speaking a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, Armstrong pays the ultimate price when her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law decide to teach him a lesson. As each man and woman turns toward or away from the calling of their hearts, this precariously balanced world and its determined people — white and black — are changed, then and forever, by the horror of poverty, the legacy of justice, and the singular gift of love’s power to heal.