Novel, Tulips for Evening Shines Light on Post Civil War Plantation

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"It has not rained in months, but the tulips continue to bloom without rain. It is the memory of rain, I suppose, they rise towards. Like the Negro, the flowers find ways of being brave when their roots are denied water, and even more, their own thirst…".

This is an excerpt of the beautifully written Tulips for Evening scripted by Jovelyn D. Richards. This narrative set in post-Civil War Springfield, Arkansas conveys a tale of survival for five free black women, the white man protecting them, a nun who visits and in her possession – a death bed confession from one of the men who stole the land from its original owners – the parents of a woman named Evening.

Jovelyn, in intricate and poetic detail, describes the tension between the white folks bitter about Emancipation and the Negroes left to their own vices, thriving and living well. For the entitled white clans, crops aren’t growing and supplies are scarce. Feeling as though all is lost, they believe fault should land square on the free Negroes living in an old plantation house named Culver Tusk.

Fulling believing the women at Culver Tusk have cursed them, they are out for blood. And there will be blood. Sickness. Murder. Suicide. Betrayal. An era of freedom for all men has created a deeper chasm of inequality that can only be filled with revenge. Families, both black and white, huddled together clinging to life slipping from their grasp. It’s the Grove family, the former slave owning residents of Culver Tusk, which has been torn apart. The evil deeds of the Grove’s and their employees eventually come to a head.