Matriarch part 1

Wajeedah Mohammad

Book Cover



    Core Theme



    1960s & '70s











    Some say, "The hands that rocks the cradle rocks the world and Matri must be a miracle baby because, "Look at how Ruth survived thin lining, having her."Matriarch is story of African American woman reflecting meaning for people of all colors and persuasions. Faced with evil, deception and rivalry.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning


    It takes place in Hicksville South Carolina.

    Based on a True Story


    Publishing Details

    Status: No

    Starting Description

    It is said, "Matri's like steel magnolias, reminding us of a women's strength and beautiful adornment. She grows in purity and innocence, taking on untimely challenges of the world. Looking at the condition of the cemetery was demoralizing, her brothers death brought about an undefined pain.

    Ending Description

    She met a white Dove that traveled with her along her journey. Matri needed to be on purpose, finding meaning to life for a family of poverty. Adhering to a call to move to the city. She looked over the mountain top of her life, then she found Purpose. Through eyes, she saw a window to the Souls.

    Group Specific

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    Hard Copy Available



    ISBN #: 978-1622873-89-0 part (1) ISBN#:978-0-692-24400-5 (part 2)

    Mature Audience Themes

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy,Quest,Rags to Riches

    Main Character Details

    Name: Matri

    Age: 25

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Modest,Obedient,Sexy,Religious,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Ruth

    Age: 65

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Leader,Modest,Obedient,Uneducated,Religious,Selfless,Funny

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Claudia

    Age: 20

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Insecure,Engaging,Modest,Uneducated,Outspoken,Funny,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Isiah

    Age: 26

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Masculine,Uneducated,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic

    Development Pitch

    Many times I would find myself in stillness, and the words would come to me, what William Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women are merely players." I asked myself, 'what part will I play?' My conclusion, I didn't want to be a part of of it, I just wanted to write about life, it was too complicated. I figured life was like one big projection screen, displaying all stages of life and its's uncertainties, mirroring life, as it unfolds. Logos N. Egri was the author of, 'The Art of Dramatic Writing, and The Art of Creative Writing.' I learned that in creative writing, it's about emotions, identity, and the art of intense dramatic writing. Emotions are universal and when people can identify, a aha moment, death of a love one, dejavu or relate to what you've written, and say to you, "This novel brings me to tears, because it's like a chapter in my life or I know a person like this. When reading this novel, I feel like I'm right there on the scene living what you've written.I feel as though I'm watching a movie when I read your book. Even though the novel is about African American culture, in it's entirety it relates to ALL Human Life, all facets of life within the patterns of life...that One Soul. It's a series of Life This novel has riveting, breathtaking episodes. The suspense, mystery, sparks the adrenaline with curiosity. Matri's death of her brother brings her to a painful reality, questioning Life and to pursue a journey to find Purpose.


    When a smart, beautiful and ambitious young woman is plucked from her humble beginnings in the American south for a career in the big city, she thrives in her new surroundings as she helps her family adjust to their new lives.

    What We Liked

    - The main character is empathetic and has potential to move the story towards a strong narrative flow.
    - Though this is much more suited as a television series, it is plausible that a shortened version could command a feature film audience. The slower pace, multiple characters and long span of time makes this ideal, however, for an adaptation to a television series.
    - Key points: Strong female characters; Exploration of racial interactions in 60s and 70s; Cultural relevance; Exploration of southern mannerisms; Rags to Riches storyline.


    Hattie was called by God as a young woman to be the midwife in her small South Carolina town of Hicksville. Taking over the house once belonging to the town doctor, Hattie delivers babies for both white families and black families. One stormy night, she is with Ruth, a widow who is laboring hard. As Ruth straddles the thin line between heaven and earth that is childbirth, Hattie delivers her of a beautiful baby daughter she names Matri. The very same night, another woman laboring with Hattie died in childbirth after delivering a perfect baby boy. Not having any children of her own, Hattie named the baby Thaddaeus and raised him as her own. Both Matri and Thaddaeus were of exceptional intelligence and grew up together almost as close as a brother and sister might be. When it came time for him to become a man, Hattie sent Thadeaus off to the big city to live with a relative so he could get a better education and have a better life.

    Without her friend and confidant, Matri steps into the role of family caretaker. Matri’s eldest brother, Isaiah, is away at war and though her other brother Claf is still at home, Matri sees herself as everyone’s protector. Since Ruth has a weak heart, Matri sees to it that she is always comfortable and supported. Matri is also close with her sister Claudia who struggles raising her two young boys while managing her drunk husband Willie. Matri attends community college to study law. When she graduates, Claf sings at the ceremony showing off his angelic voice and decides that he wants to study to be a preacher. However, it is not to be. Claf and his friend are in a tragic accident caused by two escaped chain gang members who earlier attempted to rape and kill Matri. Claudia and Matri ride with their brother in the hearse which doubles as an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Claf’s injuries are catastrophic, but the girls able to say their goodbyes before he passes away. Isaiah comes home for the funeral, but has to leave right away again to rejoin the war in Vietnam. Thaddaeus also returns for the funeral. He offers to help Matri get a job as a paralegal in New York. It sounds like a dream come true for Matri. Thaddaeus procures a house and furnishings in Newark for Matri, Ruth, Claudia and the boys. Claudia leaves Willie behind when they relocate, and very soon after, Willie dies of an aneurysm. Claudia and her sons get closure at Willie’s funeral. Matri begins her job as a paralegal under Thaddaeus’ tutelage and impresses her white bosses. However, she soon learns to hold her own since he has to travel a lot. Matri charms everyone she meets and is a well-respected member of the team at work. Meanwhile, Claudia gets a job at White Castle. As they get used to their new surroundings, they meet new friends. A young woman named Dawn comes into their lives and Ruth welcomes her in as another daughter. Matri meets a young woman named Taresa and she learns about drug use and the party lifestyle in the city. Though it’s fun at first, Matri sees the dangers of the dark side of the lifestyle and doesn’t see Taresa anymore. Claudia gets taken advantage of by a city slicker named Freddie who wants to take money from her, but her second love interest, a Muslim man called Osmon, helps get rid of him and potentially convert him to Islam.

    Matri starts dating Ramone, a wealthy and cultured man. He shows her many nice things in the city and exposes her to a lot of culture. She also runs into Taresa again. She is now sober, has two children, is pregnant with her third, unmarried and is living in the projects. Matri feels obligated to help Taresa so she moves her and her children into the house with everyone else. Claudia’s kids are happy to have other kids to play with and Ruth welcomes them all in as new members of the family. Claudia starts to hang out with Lorraine, her rowdy friend and coworker from White Castle. Osmon, who has been trying to get Claudia to convert to Islam, is not a fan of this relationship. He thinks Lorraine is a bad influence on her. Claudia is not sure she wants to commit to Osmon much less to Islam so she disregards his warnings. Lorraine gets high and she and Claudia dress as sexily as possible to attend a Bob Marley concert together. This is the conclusion of part one.

    About The Author

    Wajeedah Mohammad is a self-taught author. He has written four novels, a play, and directed a short film based on Matriarch.