Bittersweet: A Novel Based on a True Story

Sheila Banks

Published by Sweet Earth Flying Press, LLC, 2012
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Synopsis: When a deeper hued playmate declares, My mamma says you ain t nothin but a whole lotta yellow gon to waste, Ellie gets a taste of racism on her side of the fence. But the often-tortured, uneducated young girl refuses to letthe tauntdampen her spirit. Instead her passion and drive for self-realization propel her from a childhood rape in swampy LeBeau, Louisiana to a spurious first marriage in the Indian/Creole/Black dust bowl of Oklahoma and a successful career as a fashion designer, business owner, and real estate entrepreneur in Los Angeles. Decades later life comes full circle when her daughter dates a young white man whose father had been one of those who raped Ellie and Ellie isbrutalized by her own people at the ignition of the Watts Riots. This debut novel is one of coming of age, race, womanhood, and the determination of a woman to succeed in early-20th-century America despite the country s racial prescriptions and gender presumptions. Through it all, Ellie s relationships with her loved ones force her to deal with the trauma of her childhood and the difficulties of letting go and to recognize the values of forgiveness, understanding, love, and healing."

Review: "A great American story that is uniquely Ellie's, but belongs to all of us. Sheila Banks delivers her determined, emotional journey as a bending blues note in a minor key that culminates in a major triumph at the top of the scale! Unflinching, but plenty sweet." --Alfre Woodard, actor and activist

"What Alex Haley did for us with" Roots" almost four decades ago, Sheila Banks does for us today with "Bittersweet"a powerful, multi-generational, family epic about discovering your identity and what it means to be fully human in a society suffering from a serious case of color-bias." Brian Bird, writer and producer, "Bopha," "Not Easily Broken," and "Touched By An Angel""

"A greatAmerican story that is uniquely Ellie's, but belongs to all of us. Sheila Banks delivers her determined, emotional journey as a bending blues note in a minor key that culminates in a major triumph at the top of the scale! Unflinching, but plenty sweet." Alfre Woodard, actor and activist"

"Skillfully weaves fiction with fact, creating a rich, multi-dimensional story that resonates as powerfully with us today as it did in Ellie's day." Lyah Beth LeFlore, author, "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" and "Wildflowers""

"A sometimes painful, always compelling tale of one woman's victory over adversity. In this current time when the struggle for racial equality continues in the United States, this all-American story is an important one for everyoneregardless of ethnicityto read. Thank you, Sheila Banks, for revealing another piece of a nation's hidden history." Linda Lockhart, "St. Louis Beacon""

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Title: Bittersweet: A Novel Based on a True Story
Publisher: Sweet Earth Flying Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2012
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