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Colorado resident Donna Lawrence sees debut novel published
December 29, 2022
In her debut novel “Miss Virginia and the Sweet Sisters,” Donna Lawrence weaves the story of a mixed-race girl growing up in Civil Rights-era Kentucky, where intraracial racism proliferates and a long-ago murder still haunts her. the city.
“Intraracial racism wasn’t often talked about in the 1960s,” Lawrence said. “Colorism, as it’s called, is something that seems to have grown over time. Exploring how this issue shapes the growth and nature of a young mixed-race girl has been an intriguing aspect to explore. Adding to this story is the resilience that develops when facing fears in the face of evil.”
In “Miss Virginia and the Sweet Sisters,” readers are immersed in the world of Kentucky bluegrass horse country, the wonders of coming of age, and the mysteries of the life lived by a young girl, Lindsey Hollis. The backdrop of murder and the seedy side of small-town life heighten the suspense laced with the racial tension of late 1960s Kentucky South. Will Lindsey find the courage to persevere and save herself and her friends before the killer strikes again?
“I hope the message this story conveys resonates with today’s readers. Yes, it’s a story of time-worn acceptance, but one that calls back to values we seem to have lost along the way, especially today. Donna continues: “In this raw, gritty, authentic and moving story lies a timely message that I believe needs to be told. After reading it, I hope others feel the same way.
Donna Lawrence writes in the genre of women’s fiction set in historical periods, also touching on coming of age in a small American town. “Miss Virginia and her sweet sisters” is her debut novel. She will soon release a collection of short stories and poems. Her poetry is published in a collection and published in newspapers. As of 2020 and 2021, two of her poems are featured on the 9/11 Memorial website. Donna Lawrence was born and raised in Kentucky, but she is a longtime resident of Colorado. She is currently working on her second novel and publishes monthly on her personal blog.
Book purchase details:
Book: Miss Virginia and her sweet sisters
On sale: December 5, 2022 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and local bookstores.