An Outstanding Read! are the only words to describe Donna Hills foray into mainstream fiction with RHYTHMS, which spans three generations of women.
It begins in 1927 in the colored section of Rudell, Mississippi with young Cora Harvey setting off to chase her singing star to the nightclubs of Chicago. But Chicago is sleeker than Mississippi and far more slippery. A single devastating event changes Coras life, and that of her daughter Emma and her granddaughter Parris, who inevitably fulfills Coras dream of becoming a singer.
Racism, rape and crossing the color line are only a handful of topics dealt with in Ms. Hills glorious novel. The characters are well developed and their inner turmoil plays beautifully, keeping in rhythm with this spellbinding story. (Aug., 352 pp., $23.95)