"She had to believe that a world could exist for them, even if they had to make it for themselves."
FOR A LITTLE PATCH OF GROUND is an interracial love-story about burning down an oppressive society to create a new world.
It is a work of literary fiction set in Georgia from 1933 to 1967, which tells the story of John, a White man, and Sistine, a Black woman, as they come of age in the cloistered Appalachian mining-community of Long Swamp. There, moonshinin’, preachin’, and the trials of childhood tether their separate worlds. It is Sistine’s orphaned cousin, Bill Bradley, who brings she and John together. However, after an act of racial-violence shatters their community, John, Sistine and their unborn child flee to a small town in South Georgia where a new iteration of hatred simmers beneath the town's Confederate monument. This non-linear-narrative weaves together John and Sistine’s family saga, as they struggle to create a place for themselves and their children in defiance of Southern white-supremacy. John and Sistine come to discover that emancipation exists in a world that only they can create.
FOR A LITTLE PATCH OF GROUND uses the poetry of ‘Ole Time Religion’ to express the saga of two people fighting to exist in a society which segregates emotion and family. The novel is a reckoning with American whiteness, yet at its core, it is just a love story. The manuscript is complete. It is a standalone novel that will appeal to readers of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!