Risking Life for Racial Justice: Clarabelle’s Rose Published by Outskirts Press

Judy Kashi shows the dark, appalling world of racism in the 1960’s American South as three women -- one white, one black, one mixed -- seek justice from the brutal bigotry of the KKK and find forgiveness, redemption and friendship along the way.

Marlboro, NJ, April 11, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Novelist Judy Kashi announced today the release of Clarabelle’s Rose, published by Outskirts Press. Kashi’s realistic portrayal of the secrets, challenges and pain born from the bigotry so deeply embedded in the American South frames a suspenseful tale of three brave women bent on finding justice, even at the risk of their own lives.

Growing up in the South during the 1960’s meant growing up shoulder to shoulder with murder, hatred, physical abuse and racism. Secrets had to be held tightly. Emotional and physical pain had to be ignored. Life was a challenge for people, black or white, who still held a sense of decency in their souls.

One day, Clarabelle Simmons, the abused daughter of a Klansman, overhears her father plotting to kill a local black man, but she remains silent out of fear. Shortly after, she is raped by a mentally challenged black man and plans to drown the baby after it is born. But after seeing her daughter, Rose, she has a change of heart, and decides to keep her.

When Clarabelle’s racist father tries to smother her baby, she hits him over the head. Thinking him dead, she runs off into the night with her daughter. She spends the next few months in Alabama with a kindly doctor and his wife, who help her expel the racist views she was taught were true. Afterwards, she moves to New York City, where she meets Sara the wife of the man her father lynched a year earlier. As the friendship of the two women blossoms, Clarabelle’s guilt intensifies, and one day, she reveals her true identity to Sara, which abruptly ends their friendship. For the next eleven years Clara struggles to raise her biracial daughter Rose, who is constantly ostracized because of her mixed-race.

When the two friends finally reunite, they decided to return to Mississippi to face the monsters who destroyed their worlds years earlier. A trial ensues and more secrets are revealed leading to an ultimate confrontation and ending. Clarabelle’s Rose is a suspenseful, emotional tale of redemption that explores the seeds of racism and appropriately reminds readers of a menacing world that existed in our country not all that long ago.

Clarabelle’s Rose is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-7567-4 SRP: $16.95

Kindle $ 9.95

e-Book $ 5.00

Genre: Fiction/family life

About the author:

Judy Kashi is married with four children and lives in New Jersey.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/judykashi.

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