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Homeward

A Novel

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Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt

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Length 11 hours 22 minutes
Language English
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The country is changing, and her own world is being turned upside down. Nothing—and no one—will ever be the same.

Georgia, 1962. Rose Perkins Bourdon returns home to Parsons, GA, without her husband and pregnant with another man’s baby. After tragedy strikes her husband in the war overseas, a numb Rose is left with pieces of who she used to be and is forced to figure out what she is going to do with the rest of her life. Her sister introduces her to members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—young people are taking risks and fighting battles Rose has only seen on television. Feeling emotions for the first time in what feels like forever, the excited and frightened Rose finds herself becoming increasingly involved in the resistance efforts. And of course, there is also the young man, Isaac Weinberg, whose passion for activism stirs something in her she didn’t think she would ever feel again.

Homeward follows Rose’s path toward self-discovery and growth as she becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement, finally becoming the woman she has always dreamed of being.

Praise for Homeward:

"This is a harrowing novel about the push and pull of fidelity, family, and faith under the crush of history. Angela Jackson-Brown has written a deeply emotional novel that feels timeless while also speaking to the particularly troubled times in which we live."

—Wiley CashNew York Times bestselling author of When Ghosts Come Home


  • A stirring tale of one woman’s experience in the Civil Rights movement that changed a nation, written from Angela Jackson-Brown’s experience of being born and raised in the rural South.

  • Stand-alone novel

  • Includes Discussion Questions for book clubs

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet, and playwright who is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a member of the graduate faculty of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

Angela is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University, and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in creative writing. She has published her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in journals like the Louisville Courier Journal and Appalachian Review. She is the author of Drinking from a Bitter Cup, House Repairs, When Stars Rain Down, and The Light Always Breaks.

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Reviews

Angela Jackson-Brown does an excellent job of sharing Civil Rights history that may be little known to some readers, doing so in an engaging narrative . . . She provides a good character--young, searching, and smart--to represent Black Southerners and their journey to understand and accept the actions of and reactions to the Civil Rights movement. Accepting the movement's tenets meant reconciling it with their faith, and Homeward explores this sympathetically and effectively. A worthwhile read. 'This is a harrowing novel about the push and pull of fidelity, family, and faith under the crush of history. Angela Jackson-Brown has written a deeply emotional novel that feels timeless while also speaking to the particularly troubled times in which we live.' 'In Homeward, Angela Jackson-Brown crafts a beautiful story of a young Black woman named Rose coming to realize she deserves so much more than what the world is offering. It's a powerful tale of love, loss, community, and finding your way through troubled times...Jackson-Brown has woven a story of grief and loss together with a tale of love and perseverance set amid the turmoil of the 1960s South. Throughout, she ably brings in historical elements to show what is -- and was -- possible when a community stands united.' Expand reviews
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