A Family Gathering

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Gene Cartwright

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"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.’


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

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.


Little Rock, Chicago

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

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

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Sexual Abuse

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

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Falcon Creek Books

Year Published: 2006

Hard Copy Available



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