The View from Delphi: A Novel

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MacAdam/Cage, 2004 - Fiction - 510 pages
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"Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, The View From Delphi is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who have only two things in common - the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another." "Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi's racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can't keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene, gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel's husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought and together they turn the town on its head."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - pinkcrayon99 - LibraryThing

Set in Mississippi at the height of Jim Crow, The View from Delphi is one of those novels you will either love or hate. I purchased this book because I was on a high after finishing Odell's second ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fast-paced but thoughtful story of a friendship across the racial divide in 1950s Mississippi.Though he never lets whites off for their pervasive racism, African-American Odell is the rare writer on ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Jonathan Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation in a small town. At college he became an activist and sold The Ebony Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota. The View from Delphi is the author's first novel.

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