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One Night in Georgia

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  70 reviews
One of “The 17 Best Summer Reads of 2019” by Harper’s Bazaar!

Set in the summer of 1968, a provocative and devastating novel of individual lives caught in the grips of violent history—a timely and poignant story that reverberates with the power of Alice Walker’s Meridian and Ntozake Shange’s Betsey Browne.

At the end of a sweltering summer shaped by the tragic assassinations
ebook, 304 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Amistad
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
With more time I think the story and chracters could have been fleshed out more. The MC was a wee bit bland as were all the secondary characters. The pacing was a bit uneven and I struggled to get a firm handle on time within this book. However, it was a quick read and one that can easily be finished in one day.

TW self-harm
Never Without a Book
For 300 plus pages this was a quick read. One Night in Georgia by Celeste O. Norfleet is set during the summer of 68' when several friends head off to college. Driving from New York to Atlanta Georgia these young black women & men endure the racism & violence in the south along the way. The twist and turns really had me on the edge of my seat. This read had me biting my nails waiting to see what was going to happen next. This is a must read.

Thank you, NetGalley & Harper
I rank this more as a 2.5 rather than a flat 2 stars!

I went into this book with the thought it was going to be an in-depth exploration of the types of racism we see in different regions, of colorism, of the HBCU experience, and of the overall experience of Black American in the late 60s; that's at least what I was expecting from the synopsis of this book. However, that's not what I got from this story. This novel ended up being more like a romance set against a setting of racist America in the
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive, dnf
Don’t believe the blurb. This is not at all what I was expecting. It’s a mashup of young adult and women’s fiction tropes. The inane conversation among these three woman drove me crazy, and the book was mostly dialogue. It’s insulting the way the author dropped the names of famous black people and used civil rights as a preachy backdrop.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an emotional read! This story engages you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go, even after leaving you balling in a fetal position.
Reading Mama
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Review: One Night in George by Celeste O. Norfleet - Thank you Harper One books and Amistad Books for sending me a copy of this book, which is out now!

My thoughts: As someone who is half African-American, I have always been incredibly fascinated by the 1950's and 1960's, in particular The Civil Rights Movement. Sometimes it's hard to believe that was our country less than 70 years ago. I thought this book was intriguing, as I haven't read too many fictional accounts of life in post-CRM
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and cute read about three friends taking a road trip to Georgia from Harlem NYC in their return to Spelman College after a short summer in NY. An easy going prose propels this novel as three college aged females make the decision to drive to Georgia in 1968, and driving through the South in that time is fraught with danger and trepidation.

And these ladies come face-to-face with danger and Celeste Norfleet builds drama and worry without going overly dramatic. So, we ride along with
Darcia Helle
The tumultuous sixties is my favorite era to read about in nonfiction, and I'm always excited when I find a novel set during this period. I was looking forward to a story with depth and insight into the cultural struggles. We are given the insight here, but the depth is lacking.

The cast of characters offers diversity and intrigue. Unfortunately, I felt detached from them as people. Some things just didn't make sense. For instance, a male "chaperone" none of the girls knew shows up to accompany
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is one that will stay with you for a long time. Three friends, driving back to college in Georgia in the 60’s. All are smart and all have something they are running from. When they embark on their journey, they allow us to ride with them. A young man meets them as a favor to one of the ladies stepfather because he is asked to. What they all encounter on this trip will take you through a variety of emotions. The actions of this book will keep you reading until the last page. Another ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Shortly after I read One Day in December, I stumbled upon One Night in Georgia and the juxtaposition of the titles made me smile. The synopsis of latter made me want to read it. The novel is set in the late 60s where the black is beautiful and Civil Rights Movements are in full bloom. The main character, Zelda, meets up with her college friends and sorority sisters, Veronica and Daphne, near the end of summer to drive from New York to Georgia where
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs
I found the synopsis of this book interesting, but this book was disappointing. The book takes place in 1968. Three young women from the north, Zelda, Veronica and Daphne decide to drive from New York to Georgia where they are attending college in a new convertible. Daniel, who is also attending college near by joins them to serve as a protector or an escort. As one can imagine, young black folks driving in the south during this period was dangerous, and the group found themselves often in ...more
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Unfortunately I couldn't get into this one. The promise sounded great, but the way the book was written felt very YA. Not sure if that was what was intended, but it's not what I was looking for. Would recommend this more to younger readers.

*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
This could have been a great novel,unfortunately the writing just never grew out of a basic stage. I also feel the book was marketed as a work of fiction,when I feel it should be classified as a NA Romance. I was disappointed overall.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Good concept. Very easy read but missed an opportunity to be great.
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3.5 Stars. Disappointed the characters were not more developed, however I really enjoyed the storyline even thou I considered it more of a romance with the backstory being their trip down south.
This book is one that may have more resonance with African Americans, particularly women, yet it is still a book for everyone to read. It's a nail biting novel of three college girls taking a week to drive back to school in a flashy convertible from New York to Atlanta in 1968. The main character, Zelda knows this is a mistake but joins her friends. Of course danger is ahead and they have surprisingly good interactions with some whites, and predictable racist police.

I found it hard to get
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Set in the Civil Rights era (1960s) this novel follows the main character, Zelda, who decides to take a trip to Atlanta by car with her best friends from Spellman College. Despite the news about all of the violent incidents going on the news and warnings from fellow friends/family members they still decide to go. But before they even hit the road they run into a couple of troubling incidents which is a sign of the danger that awaits
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The main character—Zelda Livingston—is strong and ambitious. She’s dealt with a lot of tragedy in her life and thats made her focused on making a difference in the world. Its also informed her decision-making in a major way: everything in her world is black or white.

There is no room for gray.

Understanding that, her decision to take a trip, through the south, with friends who can only be described as willfully ignorant (at best) and completely oblivious (at worst) was questionable.

Daphne (a
I think the best way to describe One Night in Georgia is romance in a historical setting. The road trip from NYC to Atlanta is one Zelda had doubts about taking but the thought of staying with her mother and stepfather was enough to ignore any doubts. The setting, August 1968, shows an America that is still reeling from the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Sen. Robert Kennedy, the numerous riots, and feelings of disillusionment stemming from the Vietnam War. Zelda can be described ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly powerful novel. As someone who was only 8 years old in 1968, and not a person of color, much of this book described situations that were unknown to me. But, this story brought to life the racial tensions of 1968, and the fear that blacks had as they tried to live normally, but were in danger from prejudice, racism, and blind hatred from others. There were also bright spots of kindness from people who saw beyond the color of the skin, and treated them as human beings, as ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
3 Spelman students, headed south for their last year of college, joined by a Morehouse man that dad sent along as a chaperone. Late 60s, Civil Rights era, navigating the segregated road from NY to Georgia. Looks like it could be a great road trip book.

But I’m sorry to say I wasn’t crazy about this book. The cover is great, the premise is good, it’s an interesting time in the U.S. but I just couldn’t get a grasp of the characters and I really didn’t find the plot believable. It was too
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I learned so much from this book.

I don't mean about history . . . the author assumes anyone who reads "One Night in Georgia" knows absolutely nothing about the year in which it is set (1968) so all of her characters sound like Smithsonian Channel documentary narrators -- even after sex ("They're going to put a man on the moon next year," starts the pillow talk).

I don't mean about writing . . . with her stilted dialogue and ridiculous coincidences, Ms. Norfleet writes like granddaughter of
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zelda Livingston, the daughter of slaves and freedom riders; Veronica Cook, the daughter of a wealthy family; and Daphne Brooks, the daughter of a black mother who committed suicide and a white father who abandoned her; all from New York, met while freshmen at Spelman College. Of course there was a handsome Morehouse man named Daniel who served as their protector and later fell in love with one of them. As college friends they wanted to explore the southern highways, before going their separate ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is the summer of 1968 (before my time). It is an unfortunate part of our history marked by the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., race riots and political protests. Zelda Livingston, Veronica Cook and Daphne Brooks head to Atlanta for their senior year at Spelman College.

As is the case for most longtime friends, the three women come from different backgrounds. Zelda comes from a line of freedom riders. Veronica grew up privileged and wealthy, strongly believing in racial uplift.
Camille McCarthy
Sep 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was a romance novel masquerading as a normal novel. It was written like a middle-school or Young Adult popular book, not like a book for adults; the dialogue was extremely awkward and the French phrases made it abundantly clear that the author didn't know French and that the editor had not actually checked the phrases to make sure they made sense with a French speaker.
What really drew me to the book was the awesome cover, which was also metallic and shiny. Whoever designed it did an
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Celeste Norfleet has return with a novel that will leave some speechless. One Night in Georgia is a story about three friends, Zelda, Daphne, and Veronica. After a long and hot summer, the girls decide to take a road trip and drive to Georgia for their final year at Spelman College in a Ford convertible. Traveling from New York to the south in 1968 proved to be more than the women bargained for. With the aid of the Motorist Green Book and a very handsome escort named Daniel, the group quickly ...more
Brenda  Larnell
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talented author, Celeste O. Norfleet takes her readers on a journey into the Deep South during one of the most turbulent times in this nation’s history. ONE NIGHT IN GEORGIA chronicles a road trip from New York to Atlanta in 1968 by four young African Americans who are headed back to college. The protagonist, Zelda Livingston, her two friends, Veronica Cook and Daphne Brooks, and a young man assigned to protect them, Daniel Johnson travel the highways and by-ways to Atlanta by car and look ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terminator 1968. This book seems accurate for the time, settings, and characterizations portrayed. Having grown up a couple of decades later in rural Ga outside of Atlanta and even in part - my grandmother and step grandfather lived there for a while when I was a kid - in one of the very Counties named in the book, even as a white man of the post-race era, this feels pretty damn accurate in its depictions. My only real quibble is that I can speak from experience that it isn't race, but economic ...more
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My Thoughts: This is a tough one to review without sounding insensitive to the realities of life for African Americans in the U.S., especially the South, in the late 1960’s. Let’s start with the parts that really worked for me. One Night in Georgia features three young women traveling by car from NYC to Atlanta to start their final year of college at Spelman. The female friendships and excitement of a road trip were what drew me to this novel. Celeste O. Norfleet created three very different ...more
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National best-selling author, Celeste O. Norfleet, was a late bloomer to romance. But as soon as she picked up her first romance novel, she was hooked. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Celeste is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. An art director and graphic designer for many years, Celeste now devotes all of her time to writing and creating romance letting her artistic ...more