In West Mills: 07/20/20
In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow is historical fiction that follows the life of Azalea Knot Centre from 1941 to 1987. It's in a Black community in rural North Carolina.
Azalea, known to most as just Knot works a teacher. She has a drinking problem and a man problem. She loves both too much.
Early in the book she falls pregnant and is forced to give her daughter up for adoption. Much of the rest of the book is the aftermath of that event.
The book is on the short side, at 272 pages. But it's a dense one. It's not a quick read and one under non-pandemic circumstances I would have spent more time with. Someday I will re-read it at the slower, more thoughtful pace it requires.