Meant to Be: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 25, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In a novel reminiscent of the work of Maya Angelou and Ntozake Shange, Rita Coburn Whack tells the story of how a young woman’s spiritual awakening leads her to maturity and self-fulfillment.

When Meant to Be opens, thirteen-year-old Patience Jan Campbell is called upon to read and interpret her favorite scripture for the church congregation: “I think this scripture means that children know every shut eye ain’t sleep and every head bowed ain’t praying, so grown-ups ain’t fooling us or God. . . . So nobody should hold a child back from God just ’cause they may be having trouble finding Him.”

But a traumatic experience causes Jan to stumble and lose her “voice.” Unable to turn to those around her, she calls for her grandmother Hannah—who died before Jan was born—in prayer. Unbeknownst to Jan, Hannah does come, and through her wise eyes we follow Jan into her early twenties as she moves to the big city, goes to college, and begins a career. A reflective father, a misunderstood mother, a sage aunt, and two pivotal lovers all build emotional bridges that help Jan progress on her journey to womanhood.


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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
20
Section 4
30
Section 5
37
Section 6
48
Section 7
54
Section 8
58
Section 19
170
Section 20
177
Section 21
195
Section 22
199
Section 23
209
Section 24
210
Section 25
213
Section 26
218

Section 9
65
Section 10
68
Section 11
73
Section 12
76
Section 13
92
Section 14
96
Section 15
107
Section 16
129
Section 17
154
Section 18
162
Section 27
230
Section 28
245
Section 29
259
Section 30
264
Section 31
274
Section 32
278
Section 33
292
Section 34
298
Section 35
303
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About the author (2008)

Rita Coburn Whack is a writer, television and radio producer, and on-air radio contributor. She is a two-time Emmy winner. Currently a contributor for WBEZ-FM, Chicago’s public radio station, she is married, a mother of two, and a resident of south suburban Chicago. You can e-mail her at RitaCoburnWhack@aol.com.


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