Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League


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Maiden Lane Press
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5.12 X 8.78 X 1.21 inches | 1.23 pounds
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About the Author

Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, the critically acclaimed The Healing (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012), which was called required reading by The New York Post, a storytelling tour de force by the Associated Press, and was compared by critics to both Toni Morrison's Beloved and Kathryn Stockett's The Help; and his debut novel, The View from Delphi (MacAdam/Cage, 2004), recently updated and republished as Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, which is receiving glorious praise from the press and readers alike. Odell was born and raised in Mississippi. His short stories and essay have appeared in numerous collections. A highly regarded public speaker and leadership coach, he now resides in Minnesota.


"A terrific novel that will take its place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern fiction." --PAT CONROY, author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad

"Here it comes---barreling down the track like a runaway train, a no-holds-barred Southern novel as tragic and complicated as the Jim Crow era it depicts. Author Odell is taking it all on: issues of class as well as race--- hope, love and idealism along with evil, greed, downright meanness and cruelty. You will fall in love with both main characters: Vida, the young unwed black mother living with her revered minister father, Levi, and her mixed-race child; and innocent Hazel, unable to escape her white trash upbringing, who finds more community with Vida and the other maids than with the upper class white women in the Delta town of Delphi, Mississippi. Odell escapes stereotype by diving deep into all his characters--way down below the apparent surface of, say, corrupt white sheriff Billy Dean Brister; or the all-powerful old white Senator in his mansion The Columns just outside town; or the town whore, Sweet Pea; or the ambitious up-and-coming car salesman, Floyd Graham, determined to rise above his raising and drag his wife Hazel along, too. These characters are as deeply complex as the times, the plot as winding as those roads that Miss Hazel keep driving and driving in her big car. MISS HAZEL AND THE ROSA PARKS LEAGUE is a big brilliant novel whose time has come." --Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls and Guest on Earth

"In Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, Jonathan Odell uses an unlikely friendship between two women--one white and one black--to explore the roots of the civil rights movement in the South. With its deftly drawn characters, delicious dialog, and deeply satisfying and hopeful ending, this fine novel deserves to win the hearts of readers everywhere. Book clubs, this one is definitely for you!"--Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters

"This novel, told through the eyes of two different but utterly memorable women-one white and one black-vividly brings to life a fabulous cast of characters as well as a troubling time in our not-so-distant past. Odell is an astonishingly good storyteller. You won't want to miss this one." --CASSANDRA KING, author of The Sunday Wife and Moonrise