Reap the Hot September Harvest: Book 1: Desiree


After meeting Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Desire Pierson and other Freedom Riders Attacked by the Klan in Anniston, Alabama, on Mother’s Day, 1961. She loses consciousness or a time——but does she simply faint, or as she begins to believe, did she in fact die and return to life? As she recovers, another questions arises: Is she the reason an elderly black World War veteran kills himself? As the years pass, Desire encounters and then rejects answer to her questions. Treatments fail, and desperation sets in. Then she meets a young minister returning from Egypt with spiritual enlightenment he acquired from an ancient scribe of God’s philosophy. Desiree, now a yoga practitioner, is intrigued. Rev. Alan Duberry claims there are missing links in blacks’ religious practices and that he can demystify the mythology of white supremacy. Her feelings soar, but she soundly contradicts his denunciation of black Christianity as being force-fed. As their relationship deepens in spite of their differences, the world continues to shift around them, leaving the future uncertain. In this novel, a young women recovering from trauma during the civil rights movement faces questions of faith and love as she works to build a new life.

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Harry W. Kendall, eighty-eight years old, is a black novelist, playwright, and yoga enthusiast. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a journalism degree from Rutgers University. Harry grew up in the steel mill and coal mine region of western Pennsylvania. He began writing at midcareer as a worthy candidate of a central New Jersey newspaper’s joint effort with Rutgers to comply with the 1968 report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. It stressed the hiring of blacks and Latinos to redress the imbalance of whites and blacks in the news media. While working on his MFA, Harry concentrated on meditation and found his true voice in writing from an inner sacred place. He has conducted workshops on meditation and writing for the National Writers Union. Harry’s first novel, Truth Crushed to Earth, self-published in 1999, won a Certificate of Merit from Writers Magazine. He has published short stories in literary magazines and lectured at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC; Pratt Library in Baltimore, Maryland; Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; City College in New York; St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and Brattleboro, Vermont.


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