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Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

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When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she's sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black ...more
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Published July 15th 2017 by Literary Korner Publishing
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Nadine Tomlinson
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader's copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was invested in the main character, Nora White, right from the start. She’s a Southern girl who dreams of going to New York and becoming a famous author. Despite her naïveté, she’s armed with ambition. In a bold move, she tells her parents that she doesn’t want to go to college. Their responses are the catalyst for a rash decision that she makes.

Nora’s decision leads her to unexpected places and new friends. In t
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Rachel
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to the author, Yecheilyah Ysrayl, for giving me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

FIRST THOUGHTS

I heard about this book through the author’s bio when she contacted me to do a guest post on my blog. I asked for more information and the book sounded intriguing with a little mystery twist to it.

PLOT

The story follows Nora as she tries to follow her dreams. The novel takes place in the 1920s, so it’s hard for a young wom
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Frank Parker
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was honoured to receive an advance review copy of this book. At eighteen Nora decides to leave her Mississippi home for the bright lights of Jazz Age New York where she aims to become a writer. She does so without informing her parents so that they believe she has been abducted and murdered or worse. The story flicks back and forwards from Nora's experience in New York to her parents' desperate search for her, aided by relatives and neighbours. The search brings back memories of a previous dis ...more
Sarah Zama
Renaissance by Yecheyliah Ysrayl is recognizably the first installment of a longer story. It is mostly introduction and we are indeed introduced to a whole world, the Harlem Renaissance, and what it meant for an entire generation of artists. The story is split into two main plots, one following Nora, a young aspiring author who finds her way in among the most influential artists of the Renaissance, and one following her parents in the South, who have lost all news of her and have to face not jus ...more
Sojourner McConnell
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this first offering from Yecheilyah Ysrayl, she captured the past in a beautiful way. A way that made me feel a part of the story and not just reading about a musical history and important historical events. I loved Norah's spunk, her determination, and her cleverness. I also worried about her impulsiveness and her determination.

The parents of Norah were so well written. They made me connect to the southerners I grew up with. The older generation that had seen so much, stru
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Stevie Turner
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of ‘Renaissance’ by Yecheilyah Ysrayl for reviewing. I must say not only did I enjoy the story, which is the first book in a series, but I, a middle-aged British white woman, also learned a little more of black American history at the same time. The author managed to weave aspiring writer Nora White’s fictional character in amongst the life and times of 1920’s Jazz age poets and novelists Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Nora feels that she is destined for bigger th
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Luna Saint Claire
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yecheilyah Ysrayl expertly writes the vibrant 1920’s of the Harlem Renaissance into life. Nora White, a young, naïve, high-spirited, aspiring writer from Mississippi finds herself in over her head when she befriends the rising stars of the Harlem literary elite – Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Beautifully written and well researched, the author did a terrific job transporting her readers, and her fictional character Nora White, to a magical period in New York City, enriched with jazz an ...more
Colleen M. Chesebro
Nora White loves to write. Living on her parent’s farm in rural Mississippi, Nora has her sights set on a different life than the one her parents have. The one thing she desires is to become a writer; quite a tall order for a young black woman in the 1920’s. Nevertheless, Nora has her dreams, and she will not let anything get in her way, not even her close-knit family.

Nora grew up during tough times. African Americans were forced to live under the cruel Jim Crow segregation laws established thro
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James Fant
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Come On Book Two!


Nora White is a recent high school graduate searching for herself, trying to find her voice. A seed looking for the right environment. It's not the family farm, not the acres that provide food and establish ownership. It's not the South, with its stench of slavery and racism. It has to be Harlem, New York. It has to be the Mecca, where blacks have finally arrived, right. Only there, in that environment, will Nora find her voice. Because she wants to write. Be mentioned among the
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TaeVon (TizzyMatic)
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review* Full review is up on my blog; https://tizzymatic.wordpress.com

I've never felt more at home when reading a book until I read this.

This review is more personal for me being that I'm Black and grew up (still live in) the hood. Even though the characters time was during the late 1800s to 1923, it felt so relatable. The way they talk is pretty much how we still talk. The way they think is the same even though we're almost a century past that ti
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Adele Marie Marie
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) free from the author.
From the beginning when we meet Nora and her family on their farm this book hooked me and I didn't want to put it down.
The language was so well written that I can still hear the soft southern accents and the bustle of city life.
The period in which the novel is set, during the famous Harlem Renaissance vibrates with details that make it spring alive inside your mind.
I loved how the author sprinkled the back st
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Deborah Dykeman
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Britta Ann Meadows
I really enjoyed this book, I just wanted more! The author is a very gifted story teller. She weaves the history into the lives of the characters. I really liked the way she interjected the past of her parent's lives with Nora's present life. But I felt as though I was kind of watching at the edge of the story. I know this book is part of a series, but even in this first book, I wanted more...more pulling into those character's lives, more really sinking my teeth into it. I really think this aut ...more
Lisa Tetting
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Renaissance as a member of the advance copy team.

Nora White is a farm girl from Mississippi who dreams of moving to Harlem and becoming a writer. Her biggest wish is to write alongside the legends of the era like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston!

Ok, I must stop here! This book was after my heart. I absolutely love both Langston and Zora! In fact the main character of my first book is named for them. I was swooning when the main character not only befriended, became a contemporary of
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