By Susan Gregg Gilmore
In her second novel, Susan Gregg Gilmore takes us back to a time and place to tell an important story. In this novel we re-visit the American South of the 1950s-1960s. The book deals with issues of race, segregation, societal status and cultural situations.
We are introduced to the Grove family, a longtime, prominent and highly respected family of Nashville. Bezellia is named after a revered descendant of historical as well as family importance.
Bezellia strives to live up to familial expectations and societal obligations. She is very conscious of her place in the community and truly tries to abide by it. However it is an increasingly changing world, under turbulent times. Bezellia is also becoming aware of things, including the divisions of segregation.
While Bezellia’s immediate family confirms the many years of segregation, peripheral characters gain more importance both to Bezellia and the reader as the story unfolds.
As Bezellia comes of age with revelations of both self and family, the country is also coming of age within civil and political rights of culture and propriety.
Susan Gregg Gilmore has written an important book that has heart while remaining true to history.