A Family Gathering

Book Cover

FAMILY YOUNG ADULT BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA EPIC COMING OF AGE

20th Century (multiple decades)

Gene Cartwright

Logline

"I have not been so moved by a book, since reading Alex's [Haley] book. When the film is made, I’m laying claim to the role of Aunt Rose.” — Ms. Cicely Tyson, Oscar-winning actress & film icon. It was 1974— the South. She was 12, the daughter of a poor Baptist minister; he was 16, only son of Arkansas’s wealthiest family, and future U.S. Senate candidate. What happened deep in a wooded area off Crispus Attucks road, on May 15, 1974, changed Deborah Yvonne Davis’ life forever. Jonathan Reed’s was unaffected, until the passing of 14 years of Deborah’s exile in Chicago, a vicious murder, a callous display of arrogance and power, an unexpected visitor and ‘A Family Gathering.’

Genre

Family, Young Adult, Biographical, Drama, Epic,Coming of age

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning

Setting

Little Rock, Chicago

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Falcon Creek Books

Year Published: 2006

Starting Description

Epic story spanning 14 years: A 12 year-old southern black girl, pregnant by the son of one of Arkansas' wealthiest families, is exiled to a Chicago aunt, abandoned, and her baby later taken by her estranged family. Fourteen years later, she returns, unannounced, to reclaim her life.

Ending Description

There is the confrontation with the powerful Reed family and Jonathan Reed, now seeking a U.S. Senate seat and backed by then Governor Clinton. Deborah confronts a suppressed secret she had hidden all these years: she was raped. Despite a vicious murder, threats, and denials, the truth must be told.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Sexual Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist,Tragedy to Triumph

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Deborah Yvonne Davis

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Educated, Honorable, Gracious, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Empathetic, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Jonathan Reed

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Insecure, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Unapologetic, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Revered Henry Bertram Davis

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Complex, Decisive, Leader, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Educated, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Gram d' Lena

Age: 70

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging, Funny, Gracious, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Decisive, Empathetic, Religious, Beautiful, Faithful, Honorable

Logline

"I have not been so moved by a book, since reading Alex's [Haley] book. When the film is made, I’m laying claim to the role of Aunt Rose.” — Ms. Cicely Tyson, Oscar-winning actress & film icon. It was 1974— the South. She was 12, the daughter of a poor Baptist minister; he was 16, only son of Arkansas’s wealthiest family, and future U.S. Senate candidate. What happened deep in a wooded area off Crispus Attucks road, on May 15, 1974, changed Deborah Yvonne Davis’ life forever. Jonathan Reed’s was unaffected, until the passing of 14 years of Deborah’s exile in Chicago, a vicious murder, a callous display of arrogance and power, an unexpected visitor and ‘A Family Gathering.’

Short Summary

Epic story spanning 14 years: A 12 year-old southern black girl, pregnant by the son of one of Arkansas' wealthiest families, is exiled to a Chicago aunt, abandoned, and her baby later taken by her estranged family. Fourteen years later, she returns, unannounced, to reclaim her life.


There is the confrontation with the powerful Reed family and Jonathan Reed, now seeking a U.S. Senate seat and backed by then Governor Clinton. Deborah confronts a suppressed secret she had hidden all these years: she was raped. Despite a vicious murder, threats, and denials, the truth must be told.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Deborah Yvonne Davis

Age: 12

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Educated, Honorable, Gracious, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Empathetic, Engaging

Character 1

Name: Jonathan Reed

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Insecure, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Unapologetic, Villainous

Character 2

Name: Revered Henry Bertram Davis

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Complex, Decisive, Leader, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Educated, Honorable

Character 3

Name: Gram d' Lena

Age: 70

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging, Funny, Gracious, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Charming, Decisive, Empathetic, Religious, Beautiful, Faithful, Honorable

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