Last winter, I was invited to do a podcast interview for my latest novel, entitled Glorious. So I happily sent the podcast's owner a contrib. copy, and within a few days the interviewercancelled my interview. The reason, she stated, was that the book was well written but the material was too sensitive for her Christian and African American listeners.
She didn't want to upset the 'black folk.,’ you see.
Which amused me considering the best review I’ve received thus far came from an African American book club.
Glorious isn't all that bad. But it is, as the reviewer from APOO Book Club stated, an eye opener. It’s certainly no more upsetting in my opinion than Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking bird or Tony Morrison's Sula. So surely there's more to it than what the Coffee Times Romance Reviewer stated.
I think it's a sign of the times.
Glorious does give us that unsettling glimpse into the past, but it does much more. It forces us to look squarely at the world in which we currently inhabit: the 21st Century. The New Millennium where we thought we had left the old world of bigotry, sexism and injustice behind and could look forward to a bright new future. But then came 9-11, two wars, a recession, and people who want to take our country back…all the way back to 1620.
So our new century, which started out with such promise, threw us right back into 1967. And now, all the rot, all the ugliness, all the flotsam of human stupidity and cruelty has risen to the surface like a waterlogged corpse. We did not leave bigotry, stupidity and hatred behind. Instead we dragged it along with us, clinking like Jacob Marley's chains.
There is no remedy for cruel stupidity. But I can write about it. Show it for what it is, without fear of ‘upsetting certain folk.’
Now, I see that Glorious is more important than ever. I’m glad I wrote this book. And I wish there was a copy in every high school and college English classroom in the US. Not because I could use the cash, because , lord knows, I do, but because the messages inside the book are so timely, so important. The time has come to go back to 1967, to re examine the corpse of the past. Do the post mortem and see just how much decay is still in our lives. To cast off Jacob Marley’s chains and truly become the great people we were intended to be.
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Causes Patricia Snodgrass Supports
The Hunger site
Children's Miracle Network
American Cancer Society
The American Heart Association