by Melinda Clayton
Genre: Award Winner; Fiction
Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: Thomas-Jacob Publishing
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Electronic & Audio Format Available
No. of Pages: 274
Series: Cedar Hollow Series
No. In Series: 1
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Billy May Platte is a half Irish, half Cherokee Appalachian woman who learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be different. As Billy May explains, ‘We was sheltered in them hills. We didn’t know much of nothing’ about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant having’ fun and queer meant something’ strange. ‘ In 1945, when Billy May was fourteen years old and orphaned, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May’s sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever. A 2013 finalist for the University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s Synergy Program, a Global EBook Gold Medal Winner in 2013, and Sapphic Readers Book Club Book of the Year in 2011 (under a different imprint), Appalachian Justice is a work of southern fiction that delves into social issues such as poverty, domestic violence, misogyny, and sexual orientation. Ultimately, however, Appalachian Justice delivers a message of hope.
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