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The Last Hotel For Women: A Novel

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A mesmerizing story of family and community bonds set in Birmingham, Alabama, on Mother's Day 1961. When a young white woman takes an injured freedom rider into her home, the conflicts within and beyond her well-run world reach a crisis point.
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Published February 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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Elizabeth Sulzby
I read this book just after it came out. Shortly after that I bought Dennis Covington's book on Shake Handlers on Sand Mountain. In 2002 I re-met a friend from my college days, fell in love and married him. He'd been both an actor and theatre professor. Before "seeing the light" of acting, he had a Methodist-preacher-in-training and had been "on a circuit" on Sand Mountain. He read Dennis' book and mentioned that he had played a snake-handling minister in Preston Reed's Holy Ghosts, a part of Th ...more
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is a Birmingham brothel that is home to the madame's daughter and her family during the 1961 Civil Rights fight. Dinah, her husband Pete, their children Benny and Grace, are living in the hotel while their new house is being built. They rent to news reporters and one mysterious Freedomrider named Angel. They're all constantly visited by Bull Connor Commissioner of Public Safety and old friend of Dinah's mother.
Kathy Clark
Interesting story about integration in the early 1960s
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Vicki Covington lives in Homewood, Alabama with her husband, the author Dennis Covington. She has taught creative writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Vicki's novel, The Last Hotel for Women, was converted for the stage by her brother, playwright Randy Marsh, and was performed before sell-out crowds. It was also chosen by the University of Alabama Press for their Deep South series.

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