Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself that question?
Do you wonder if your parents ever asked themselves the same question? And their parents before them? There are so many ways to realize who you are and what you have to offer this world that you have entered into–through no effort of your own.
Ask yourself: What are you good at? When are you most fulfilled? How can you express your abilities in a way that helps others ?
Reading is one way you can learn how others have answered these same questions that we’ve all asked–me at the age of twelve. That was the first time I knew that I had to find the answer.
If you haven’t already– so do you. I wish you the very best on your journey to finding your own answer– as I did.
Past, present, and future had intertwined in a way Molly knew was true, but could explain to noone. Like the descendants of Abraham, who knew not what lay in the path ahead, but believed in the promise, that it would be fulfilled.
Before the summer of 1879, fourteen year old Molly pretends to be carefree, sailing, never taking a breath. After hearing she may have to move away, she’s tired of being someone other than the girl in the reflection—the one who finds love and acceptance. Molly coaxes a lakeside meeting with the son of a nearby sharecropper, shy, good-looking Alex, who still won’t look her in the eye.
Her spirit-toting ma’s obsessions, and number-codifying, poetic brother’s strangeness, rob Molly of support she needs to keep a beau, plus battle against the townsfolk who openly hate her, because of the “one-drop rule”.
She replaces the dreaded existence they’ve mapped out for her with her own blueprint. Molly enlists the help of, mill owner, W. Neuman, a stranger to the South, bringing his own brand of fierceness, and his wife’s quirky, flamboyant, no-nonsense aunt, visiting from Boston.
Together, they uncover three mysterious schemers who wish to keep Molly “in- her- place.” When an assailant viciously attacks Molly, she’s not sure who she can trust, even Alex.
In the early spring of 1881, seventeen-year-old Molly returns home from Boston to find her brother Jake missing and presumed dead, and her mother out of her mind.
Twenty-year-old Jacob McCray left Grenada County, Mississippi in the fall of 1879. A young mulatto, hesitant to take on his sister’s fiery ways of handling life, he chooses to use his numbers-sense, music and poetic ways to get by. Still hurt and unsure of why his Pa left, Jacob searches for a better life for himself, his Ma and little sister Molly– who calls him Jake.
At some point in his journey, Jake encounters a Native American friend from his past, a curious White stranger, and a woman of ill- repute who turns out to be more than he could have ever imagined.