The Summer of the Frogs
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Writing
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Writing
"The Summer of the Frogs is a middle grade historical middle grade fiction novel that explores a small all black community in Central Alabama before the Civil Rights Era. This is a coming of age story that follows ten-year-old Harris and his family during the summer of 1956 and the single act of revenge that he and his oldest brother commit that implodes his childhood and introduces him to the broader racial conflict in the South. This novel explores the dynamic between racism and black masculinity while illustrating the devastating impact that generational violence has on the family unit. While fiction, this project also serves to preserve a real place that time and gentrification has all but erased. The community in the novel, Zion City, was a thriving middle-class black community in Birmingham, Alabama whose history and stories are eroding with each decaying brick and fading memory."
Keywords: fiction, novel, middle grade fiction, southern literary fiction, Birmingham, Alabama, civil rights, family, racism
CHAIR: Sanders, Darby
PDF : 109 pages
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