The setting for the novel, An Ocean of Jewels, by Judy C. Andrews, is a fictional town in Jewel Park, New York, whose residents 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.
The main character in the novel is Imani Jewel Henderson, a former foster child. She decides to seek the knowledge of her rich heritage when her father dies at Christmas on her 29th birthday. Treasures are in her grasp. Will she find them? She embarks on a journey to discover her father's mysterious past and the root of her mother's pain.
Readers will learn the riveting details Imani uncovers about her family's history and herself. Join her with a glass of teacola, some warm sweet potato pone, and a dollop of suspenseful, thrilling curiosity.
Other cultural traditions in the novel refer to the Gullah/Geechee Prayers Houses, worship services, Colorism, Orphan Trains, The Jewish Holocaust, and Bedford-Stuyvesant's historic Weeksville community. Food too: spoonbread, frogmore stew, shrimp and grits, and grilled mullet. So, join me as I conjure with my favorite authors, too.
The novel, An Ocean of Jewels, by Judy C. Andrews, is also available on Kindle. This historical and suspenseful novel depicts the African American Gullah/Geechee culture in forms of beauty, dignity, and pride. Readers can purchase this novel at their favorite bookstore as well as: