The Roots of

A poignant coming of age story

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"Great story... I thoroughly enjoyed this book."

Some secrets are hidden and some are in plain sight...

Beautiful, smart, and successful—Gia Bennett has a life any woman would envy. Growing up in the South (black and privileged) in the 70s and 80s, she lives a life most people dream of. The perfect upbringing, the ideal family, a lucrative career, influence and respect in the community, and access to anything she could ever want. But being wealthy, successful, and a seemingly good person isn’t a guarantee her life is unshakeable.


This poignant coming-of-age book, which spans almost seven decades, is an entertaining story that explores the interrelationships of the citizenships of this small southern community and how they—for better or worse—impact Gia’s life. But is everyone as innocent as they seem?

Find out how the residents of this down-home suburban town bring it to life, then mix in some shocking small-town and family secrets, and a violent life-altering experience that upends Gia’s life. This realistic short fiction will take the reader on a journey of nostalgia, sorrow, elation, suspense, and more—sure to capture the attention from beginning to end. A story of jealousy, pride, entitlement, privilege, prejudice, indoctrination, love, and forgiveness… the perfect recipe for a satiating southern fiction read.