Savannah J. Frierson is originally from Blythewood, South Carolina, and has been writing since the age of twelve. She released her debut novel Being Plumville in March 2007 and has published several others since then. Her work primarily highlights the experiences of Black women in historical and contemporary settings as they relate to race, romance, and family. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2015 South Carolina Book Festival.
Book Title: Being Plumville
Plumville, Georgia had an order to its way of life, and few ever upset it.
Benjamin Drummond is heir to all Plumville had to offer—wealth, good looks, and a promising career as a future state judge. As a graduating senior at a local college, he’s poised for success, if only he can keep his grades up. With the distractions of playing football, being in a fraternity, and having his pick of the women on campus, he has little incentive to study—until his assigned tutor turns out to be a black girl from his past who’d never left his mind…or heart.
Coralee Simmons is determined to make it out of Plumville with a diploma in her hand and dignity in her stride, despite a social climate determined to stifle both. And with her family and friends supporting her each step of the way, Coralee knows she will go far. Yet when her mentor provides a tutoring opportunity to increase her edge, she’s suddenly reunited with the white boy who’d meant too much to her as a child…and still did even now.
Set during the turbulent 1960s, Benjamin and Coralee experience change in a community unprepared and unwelcoming of it. Can a relationship rekindle and bloom under such adversity, or will it succumb in the battle for Plumville’s status quo?