Fiction. Poetry. When Titus Horace, successful African American author, inherits a large tract of land, he leaves Chicago with his Jewish wife Ardene and their daughter Asa, and moves to the segregated North Carolina of 1950. Unhappy at being uprooted from her school and friends, Asa quickly learns how persons of color are intimidated and humiliated on a daily basis and how, despite their education and talent, each day becomes an effort to survive brutal hostility. Asa discovers she and her father, a professor at the college for black students, cannot enter the town's public library. As Asa struggles to adapt to her new life, she falls in love with a musical savant who lives in a cabin on Horace land, and joins members of a small diverse community to defy the oppression of legal segregation through profound acts of resistance.THE BOOK OF ASA was a finalist for the inaugural International Beverly Prize established to honour the memory of Beverly Swift, a Quebec-born attorney and academic. Beverly Swift was a writer and reader whose passion for books, sense of humour and compassion for animals was widely known.
C.P. Mangel received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health degrees from Northwestern University, and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. Mangel practiced law for over two decades, and then received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN