and greatly changed the demographics of urban cities like Chicago. The novel begins its journey in 1972 Chicago and weaves narratives backwards to 1920's Georgia. everyman is simultaneously about one woman’s struggle to locate herself within a family, and the everyman’s journey to connect with a collective.
An excerpt of everyman was a finalist in the 2012 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Another excerpt was published in Obsidian Journal of Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora (Fall 2015).
Some names are erased from family bibles. Some stories are buried instead of passed down. These acts of omission, damnatio memoriae, are more tradition than their opposites. For Eve Mann, her aunt's refusal to divulge their family history feels like treason in 1972 Chicago -- a time that will be known as the end of the Great Migration of African Americans fleeing southern persecution for northern opportunities. College campuses nationwide have begun introducing black studies courses. Alex Haley is somewhere writing, researching, and potentially copying what will become the most widely read historical fiction of African American ancestry. In short, black folk are reaching back to Africa while Eve doesn't even know her own parents. Encouraged by her professor, Eve discovers information that leads her to Macon County, Georgia and a history that can rewrite her relationships with her aunt, lesbian best friend, and herself.
everyman follows the historical contours of the Great Migration of African Americans that fled the American south in droves for better racial and economic opportunities in the north. This mass relocation, which far exceeded that of both the California Gold Rush and the Dust Bowl migration, occurred from 1915 to 1972
Queer Womanist Writer. PhD. Professor. Proud Southside Chicagoan transplant to Arkansas. Great Migration Offspring. Biker. Amateur Foodie with texture issues. Future Homesteader.
M Shelly Conner, PhD