By Susan Gregg Gilmore
Not anyone in Nashville has a much bigger identify to stay as much as than Bezellia Grove. As a Grove, she belongs to 1 of city’s so much fashionable households and is anticipated to embody her place in excessive society. that implies talking fluent French, dancing at cotillions with boys from different very important households, and getting to know the paintings of the proper smile.
Also looming huge is her given identify Bezellia, which has been handed down for generations to the 1st daughter born to the eldest Grove. The others within the lengthy line of Bezellias shortened the ancestral identify to Bee, Zee or Zell. yet Bezellia refuses all nicknames and desires that someday she, too, might be remembered for her unique namesake’s braveness and fervour.
Though she leads a lifetime of privilege, being a Grove is much from easy. Her mom hides her consuming yet her alcoholism is rarely a secret. Her father, who spends lengthy hours at paintings, is far away and inaccessible. for so long as she will be able to take into account, she’s been raised through Maizelle, the nanny, and Nathaniel, the handyman. To Bezellia, Maizelle and Nathaniel are adored kin members. To her mom and dad, they'll by no means be greater than servants.
Relationships are complex in Nineteen Sixties Nashville, the place society is still smartly ordered via category, prestige and dermis color. Black servants aren’t purported to devour on the similar desk as their white employers. Black boys aren’t imagined to make dialog with white girls. and so they definitely aren’t imagined to fall in love. whilst Bezellia has a clandestine affair with Nathaniel’s son, Samuel, their romance is met with anger and worry from either families. In a time and position the place rebelling opposed to the principles consists of a steep cost, Bezellia Grove needs to come to a decision which of her names could be the one who defines her.
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