You can tell that Darlene Franklin-Campbell is a poet right from the get-go. Her descriptions are so evocative they just sing off the page. This bittersweet tale of a poor Kentucky family and their loves and losses is told by Nochipa (Chippie) whose father is Mexican and whose mother is white. Racial tensions from both within the family and in the wider community run high. But somehow the family survives and comes through it all despite the odds. I Listened, Momma isn't the sort of vel where everything is all tied up at the end with a pretty little bow. A cousin is suspected of causing a death but escapes the justice he probably deserves. Central characters pass away. This isn't a sugar-coated reality, but authentic and honest; something of a modern day Little Women. If the quality of the story-telling alone wasn't sufficient to persuade you that this book is worth buying, all author proceeds are being donated to Relay for Life in hor of her own father.... --- Kate Blackman Editorial Services
About the Author: Darlene Franklin-Campbell grew up in the hill country of Southern Appalachia. She holds a M.A. from Lindsey Wilson College. She is an internationally known and award-winning poet, who donates the proceeds from her poetry to combat Mountain Top Removal and to improve the quality of life for people in Southern Appalachia. She is also a visual artist, specializing in murals. She lives in South-Central Kentucky with her husband, Phillip, and eight rescued cats. I Listened, Momma is her debut into southern literature. Darlene donates author proceeds from its sales to fight cancer in her father's memory.