“Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)” by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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“Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)

Genre: African American/Historical/Coming of Age

Release Date: July 15, 2017


When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.

The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.

Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embarks on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?


Yecheilyah is the author of African American Literature, poetry, and anything else her mind thinks up. Originally from Chicago, Yecheilyah writes full time and currently lives in Shreveport, LA with her husband. The author of nine books, she is also the founder of Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS Blog. To learn more about Yecheilyah please visit her on the web at https://www.yecheilyahysrayl.com/.

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