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This interracial, intergenerational saga of love, land and loss is told from the disparate perspectives of Ruth Thatcher, who is Black, and Jonas Thatcher, who is White, and spans nearly a century.  The story, told in three parts, begins in Carrie’s Crossing, Georgia, in 1917 on the eve of World War I, when Ruth and Jonas first meet as 12-year-old farm children, and ends ...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published August 11th 2014 by Whitepoint Press
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Beverly
Belle City by Penny Mickelbury is a historically rich interracial intergenerational saga of love, loyalty, family dynamics and the vicissitudes of everyday life. I looked forward to reading this book as I am a fan of family sagas and history. The book follows two characters from two different branches of the same family tree, Jonas Thatcher who is white and Ruth Thatcher who is black from when they are twelve-years old in 1917 until their dying many decades later both leaving wills that their ...more
Emma B
Oct 07, 2015 Emma B rated it liked it
Met the author last December at the Decatur Library at a Book Club Conference. There were four authors there, none of which I'd read any of their books. I couldn't get into the book at first because there was a type of fear of what I expected to happen between Jonas, a young white boy, and Ruthie, a young colored girl. It is a page turner, but I felt lots of details were skimmed over. The book is definitely set in Atlanta, as two of the most prominent African-American churches are mentioned. The ...more
Darlene
Oct 09, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing
I won Belle City as a good reads first Read give away and I was pleasantly surprised to find that once I got past the first chapter the book really kicked into high gear.the story chronicles the lives of 2 families with the same name but on opposite ends of the racial spectrum living in th deep south where prejudice,Jim Crow laws and the KKK are the scourge of prejudice at its worst;That said the two main characters of the book meet as children and don't understand why this prejudice exists and ...more
Lois BL
Nov 23, 2014 Lois BL rated it it was amazing
“Belle City” is a story of intergenerational love and loss that interweaves the lives of the black Thatcher and white Thatcher families over a span of a century. Carney Thatcher, a Georgia plantation owner, is their shared relative.

The black Thatcher family was an accurate depiction of the African American experience. Although some details may vary from family to family, the roots most often began in the South. Our ancestors were continuously confronted with significant barriers in their everyd
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Joyce
Dec 11, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Ms. Mickelbury. Masterfully written.

No book has ever moved me more. As I read I felt tears streaming down my cheeks and the next minute I was laughing out loud.

A MUST READ for every American ESPECIALLY NOW considering the climate in our country. Evokes feelings that force one to question their attitude toward
racism and bigotry.

Should be required reading for High school and college English students not only for the story but for the writing as well.

Thank you for your writing skill and
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Jackie
Nov 24, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it
I recently read "Belle City" as the book of the month for my book club. All the book club members loved this historical fiction with its story told from deep within the South during the period of post Emancipation Proclamation. The story paints a vivid picture of the horrors, the struggles, and success of a determined African American family and their relationship with their White relatives. This novel is a page turner with back to back events that will make you cry and sometimes cheer. I would ...more
Felecia
Mar 23, 2015 Felecia rated it really liked it
A wonderful story that was told in a very captivating manner. I felt like I knew the characters, and was a part of the Thatcher family and was a close friend of Jonas. I enjoyed the Georgia references, being a Georgia resident and all. Great storytelling!!!
Susan Walker
Jun 06, 2014 Susan Walker rated it really liked it
This is a multi generational story set over the course of many decades. It is a rich novel with interesting characters. A great read for all.
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Mickelbury is a former newspaper, radio and television reporter, based primarily in Washington, D.C. Mickelbury, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, lives in Los Angeles. The novelist and former journalist also is an accomplished playwright. She is one of the playwrights whose work was chosen by the California African-American Museum to be presented as part of its Radio Theatre program.
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