Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She has published her short fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and poetry in journals like The Louisville Journal and the Appalachian Review. She is author of Drinking From a Bitter Cup (WiDo Publishing, 2014), House Repairs (Negative Capability Press, 2018), and her latest novel, When Stars Rain Down, which will be published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins, in the spring of 2021.
Georgia, 1936. Opal Pruitt never imagined almost-adulthood would look like this. Her town of Parsons, Georgia, is hit hard by the drought affecting much of the country. The citizens of this small town are still feeling the ongoing effects of the Great Depression and the residual effects of Reconstruction. Unprovoked beatings and property burnings by the Ku Klux Klan are causing a firestorm of emotions among black and white members of the town, threatening to tear apart the uneasy harmony within the community. Soon Opal herself is affected by the violence, and she finds her heart torn between so many new emotions.
Despite these struggles, the town is preparing for its annual Founder’s Day celebration—an event the entire community looks forward to each year. But the underlying tension begins to erupt in the heat, and this summer has the potential to change everything.
I am SO excited to announce that you can pre-order my book, WHEN STARS RAIN DOWN. TODAY!!!!
I am working with a local bookseller, Elysia Lucinda, a former Ball State student in the department where I teach. You can pre-order the book with her, help a young person doing great things in our community at Irvington Vinyl and Books AND as always, support local bookstores.
Yes, you can also order it online with all major book vendors, but again, I urge you to order through Irvington Vinyl and Books. The book will be released on April 13, 2021 and Elysia's bookstore can get it to you at the same speed as any other outlet.
Pre-orders are so important to authors. It will tell publishers how much interest there is in the book. So, please, help a sister out, and pre-order this book. I promise I threw my heart and soul into writing it. I hope it adds to the conversation. I did my best to rewrite some parts of Black domestic worker history that I believe needs to be addressed in fiction and hopefully, I did it in a way that is engaging and enlightening.
You can pre-order a copy of When Stars Rain Down