At a glance:
- Author: Joyce Carol Thomas
- First Published: 1983
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: Summer, 1971, through Easter, 1972
- Setting: Ponca City, Oklahoma
- Characters: Abyssinia (Abby) Jackson, Carl Lee Jefferson, Strong Jackson, Patience Jackson, Serena Jordan, Rufus Jordan
- Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: African Americans, 1970's, Family or family life, North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Love or romance, Murder or homicide, Dreams, West, U.S., Cats, College life, Flowers, Ministry or ministers, Native Americans or American Indians, Nightmares, Oklahoma, Quilts or quilting
- Locales: United States, Ponca City, OK, Oklahoma, North America
Bright Shadow is a love story. It continues the life of Abyssinia Jackson where it left off at the end of Joyce Carol Thomas’s first novel, Marked by Fire (1982).
Abyssinia is attracted to Carl Lee Jefferson, a fellow student at Langston University. Her father, Strong, does not like the boy because of his family. Carl Lee is the son of the town drunkard. Abby’s mother, Patience, has a sister, Serena, who lives next door to the Jacksons. She is sixty years old and has just married a former minister named Rufus Jordan. This minister, who...
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