A Heritage of Treasures
Judy C. Andrews'
debut novel, An Ocean of Jewels (Harlem
Writers Guild Press; 2006), is also available on Kindle. This historical and suspenseful novel depicts the African American Gullah/Geechee
culture in forms of beauty, dignity, and pride.
In America, there are more than one thousand
Gullah/Geechee islands off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale
Hurston brought these islands to the attention of the American people in her brilliant novel, Their Eyes Were Watching
God, but most Americans are familiar with such islands as Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Edisto, and Sapelo.
The setting for the novel that Ms. Andrews has created is Jewel Park, New York, a fictional town in the suburbs of New York
whose descendants are from a (fictional) Gullah/Geechee Island in Georgia named Eva Creek Island. The ancestors who
originally inhabited and structured this island were African and Native American.
main character in the novel, Imani Jewel Henderson, a former foster child, decides to seek the knowledge of her rich heritage
when her father dies at Christmas on her 29th birthday. She embarks on a journey to discover her father's mysterious
past and the root of her mother's pain.
Readers will learn that what Imani uncovers about
herself is riveting, beautiful, healing, and empowering. Join her with a glass of Teacola, some warm sweet potato pone,
and a dollop of suspenseful curiosity.
Other issues explored in the
novel are Colorism, Orphan Trains, The Jewish Holocaust, and Bedford-Stuyvesant's historic Weeksville community.