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December 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Norma Watkins


December 2, 2017
7:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Norma Watkins’ award-winning memoir, The Last Resort, described coming of age during the civil rights movement—when black people, along with anyone white who disagreed with segregation—lived in fear. The book ends when she leaves Mississippi. The sequel, That Woman from Mississippi, opens with that flight and explores the consequences of exile. The nurturing mother is our model, and society does not easily forgive a woman who leaves her children. Partnered with the powerful and attractive civil rights lawyer who carried her away, Watkins tries to balance the love she feels for him, and for graduate school and teaching, with guilt over that loss. In the face of betrayal, she realizes how ridiculous it was to free herself from one man by fastening herself to another. Humorous and discerning, the book shows how excruciating it is for women to do what men take for granted: find a harmony in love, work and parenting.