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Cosmic Book Reviews
from the May 2004 Star Beacon
by Mau's Mom
Earth Star Publications, May 2004
ISBN 0-944851-21-5, 204 pages, $12.95
by D.J. McMurry
Review by Ann Ulrich Miller
Dorothy McMurry wrote her work of fiction,
Pearls, in the course of two weeks. She is sometimes reluctant to disclose
this fact, because — impossible as it may seem — she doesn’t consider herself
a writer. The fact that the story literally “poured out of her” indicates that
she was given the story, and she admits in the dedication that the one who
gave it to her was named Jon.
Black Pearls is the story of a white man who chose to live in the black world
during post-Civil War days, a difficult time in history for the South. Being
white, Frank Fulton was not fully accepted by his chosen people, and living in
the black community was not tolerated by the Southern whites.
Fulton was a man without a country, having fled his native England after
killing a man and hoping to cheat the hangman’s noose. The story tells of his
painful childhood, wrongful incarceration in an asylum, his flight to America
and his struggles to survive in the New World. Fate made Fulton a master of
cunning, breaking every commandment in the Book, yet he was a moral man whose
actions proved just, though often outside the law.
Through it all, he was a loving, caring man to whom women were drawn. The
“Black Pearls” are the three black women in his life who helped shape and
define it. First there was young Belinda, whose parents had nursed him back to
health after his arrival in America. Having gotten her in the “fambly way,”
Frank was forced to leave, hurting, but knowing it was the right thing to do
at the time.
Wandering west, Fulton gets trapped into a marriage with a white settler’s
daughter, with whom he raises a family in St. Louis. But when the situation
becomes intolerable, he fakes his own death and heads back for Raven’s Run and
his “true love,” only to discover Belinda has died.
He discovers Belinda has borne a daughter, Lily, half white, whom he believes
must be his love-child — only no one is willing to tell him the truth. And
then Ruby comes into his life...
These loves are threaded throughout the trials and tribulations that
beleaguered his life, but they gave it beauty and substance. Black Pearls is
packed with action, emotion, and will keep you turning the pages to see what
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