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The 20th century has just begun in the South and slavery still haunts. In a deep-woods region of Alabama, the tightening noose of Jim Crow is a rude indication of what white people really think of black people's 'freedom.' Still, the black population of Johnson Creek, Alabama, manages to live their lives with abiding faith and hope. The Mobleys--Frank and Joy--are among thThe 20th century has just begun in the South and slavery still haunts. In a deep-woods region of Alabama, the tightening noose of Jim Crow is a rude indication of what white people really think of black people's 'freedom.' Still, the black population of Johnson Creek, Alabama, manages to live their lives with abiding faith and hope. The Mobleys--Frank and Joy--are among those who have pinned high hopes both on the future, and on their three daughters, Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva--hopes for good marriages and noble professions. Joy and Frank believe that the Negroes of Johnson Creek have just as much right to advance as anybody up North. But they must let go of the old ways. So they can only react with dismay when their girls show signs that they have 'the sight'--the gift of seeing the unseen, of knowing the past and future. Through their daughters' growing strangeness, Joy and Frank glimpse again the world of Joy's deceased mother, the former slave Ayo. While they do everything possible to discourage their daughters' connection with the past and future, the gift is not something that you can always give back and trying comes at a dear price....

Title : A Sunday in June
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ISBN : 9780786868070
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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A Sunday in June Reviews

  • Mocha Girl
    2018-12-02 00:08

    A Sunday in June is the long awaited prequel to Stigmata. It is the story of the Mobley's "curse" that has besieged their family for generations. Set in 1920's Johnson Creek, Alabama and spanning four decades, the novel largely focuses on the two younger sisters, Mary Nell and Eva, who possess psychic abilities and often experience the same visions. Their visions throughout their childhood are prophetic and accurate, but one vision involving Mary Nell's future husband terrifies the girls and threatens to tear the family apart. Their destinies collide one Sunday in June and the sister's relationship changes forever.At the same time, the oldest sister, Grace, discovers a trunk that contains artifacts from her ex-slave grandmother (Ayo). Ayo's spirit visits Grace causing her to relive Ayo's horrific middle passage, experiences as a slave (beatings, rapes, etc.) and will eventually drive Grace and her descendants to madness as detailed in Stigmata.The book chronicles the lives of the sisters as they grow into adulthood and how their "gifts" severely influence their choices in life. It shows how ill-equipped the parents were at handling their daughters' talents and chose largely to dismiss the signs as insomnia or bad dreams. While I loved Stigmata, I liked A Sunday in June; although both books were well constructed with compelling plots filled with lyrical prose. A Sunday in June is not a quick read; it is one that must be absored slowly. The author's message is deep but rings loud and clear - the pasts affects us all and she emphasizes the importance of seeking resolution and healing from family trauma.

  • Mocha Girl
    2018-11-23 19:54

    A Sunday in June is the long awaited prequel to Stigmata. It is the story of the Mobley's "curse" that has besieged their family for generations. Set in 1920's Johnson Creek, Alabama and spanning four decades, the novel largely focuses on the two younger sisters, Mary Nell and Eva, who possess psychic abilities and often experience the same visions. Their visions throughout their childhood are prophetic and accurate, but one vision involving Mary Nell's future husband terrifies the girls and threatens to tear the family apart. Their destinies collide one Sunday in June and the sister's relationship changes forever.At the same time, the oldest sister, Grace, discovers a trunk that contains artifacts from her ex-slave grandmother (Ayo). Ayo's spirit visits Grace causing her to relive Ayo's horrific middle passage, experiences as a slave (beatings, rapes, etc.) and will eventually drive Grace and her descendants to madness as detailed in Stigmata.The book chronicles the lives of the sisters as they grow into adulthood and how their "gifts" severely influence their choices in life. It shows how ill-equipped the parents were at handling their daughters' talents and chose largely to dismiss the signs as insomnia or bad dreams. While I loved Stigmata, I liked A Sunday in June; although both books were well constructed with compelling plots filled with lyrical prose. A Sunday in June is not a quick read; it is one that must be absored slowly. The author's message is deep but rings loud and clear - the pasts affects us all and she emphasizes the importance of seeking resolution and healing from family trauma.

  • Kaitlin
    2018-11-28 20:16

    Apparently, A Sunday in June is the prequel to Perry's first book, Stigmata. I say apparently because it felt very much as though the business of A Sunday in June was over when the book was - actually, about 100 pages beforehand. Perhaps the author had a certain framework that she absolutely had to have laid down in order for Stigmata to work, but if so it needed to be something that allowed me to feel the same compassion and interest in her characters that she had so carefully cultivated during the suspenseful buildup to the titular event. Instead, the last half of the book was a rattling off of plot points: so-and-so dies, this person is still seeing visions, blah blah. On top of that, many details are given off-screen, or alluded to right before a scene-change, stylistic elements that pulled me even further outside the story. By the ending, I had no connection to characters' feelings, and so could not care what the resolution was, or how it worked out for anyone. Two stars for a great start.

  • Shirma
    2018-11-26 18:57

    Wonderfully written book. This is my second Phyillis A. Perry book and she did not disappoint. Two sisters divided by something that should have brought them even closer. It's a strong statement for the cruel burdens that women sometimes carry in order to be accepted or maintain a "respectable" image. This is a story of love, forgiveness and the power of family. There was a disconnect, some implausibility in the story for me though, I can't believe that someone only one generation removed from her African heritage, like Joy, could be so in opposition to and fearful of their own traditions. Also, I think in Stigmata Mary Nell and Eva were said to always be together but that doesn't follow in this story. Other than that, the story is very believable and engaging. The abruptness of the ending of the book left me feeling as if someone unexpectedly pushed me over a cliff, with no parachute.

  • Tamara
    2018-11-13 02:54

    Good story, bit slow @ some points, but good.

  • Pam
    2018-11-29 20:07

    06/02/08 rec via bookmooch