Checkered Fences is a heartwarming romance about a high school student, Diane Jones, who dreams of her independence and becoming the first in her family to complete college, unlike her mother who married at just thirteen years old. However, Diane’s old fashion father has other plans for Diane and insists it’s time for her to marry, which Diane vows never to do. Expectations change when affluent and handsome David Shaw comes into Diane’s life and pursues her. Can love defy family traditions, racism, and survive?
Alma gives an overview of the book:
Heading into my room to get dressed for work, Daddy asked. “Which one do you like?”
“Excuse me?” I said.
“Which one of those boys do you like?” He asked.
“None of them.” I replied.
“Well, you need to pick one because it’s time for you to get married,” he declared.
“I mean no disrespect to you Daddy, but I’m never getting married.” I said.
“How are you going to take care of yourself if you don’t get married?” He asked. “I won’t have any grandchildren born out of wedlock. If you get in the family way, I’ll send you to one of those homes for unwed mothers,” he declared angrily.
“Daddy, I said, it’s the twentieth century now and women can work for a living. Why won’t you understand that I don’t need a man to take care of me? And I’m not having any babies because I’m not getting married.”
“When that urge hits you, you won’t be able to control it and you’ll get in the family way,” he argued.
“When that happens, then I will get married.” I responded.
“Why would a man buy the cow when he can get the milk for free?” Daddy responded. “I want you married now. I keep showing you perfectly fine men to marry and you keep turning them down.”
“I won’t get married and be unhappy like you and Moms!” I yelled. “Why do you keep trying to get rid of me and marry me off to some man I don’t love? Why don’t you want me around anymore?” I cried. “I try hard not to give you any trouble. I’ll do whatever you ask of me, but please don’t marry me off.” I pleaded.
I hope you enjoy my family’s story. This story isn’t just about me. It’s about my entire, considerably large, extended family. As I grew up, my family consisted of mostly African-Americans. Now, my family consists of Hispanics, Caucasians, Asians, and African-Americans. Read this delightful story and see.
I love writing stories about diversity. My books are factions (fiction based on fact) and they are about my urban experiences. My stories are interesting, funny, and exciting. I started writing in college, writing for the college newspaper. I was very much encouraged to...