Going Down South nominated for NAACP Image Award
When fifteen-year-old Olivia Jean discovers that she is pregnant, her parents flee their New York home and bring her to her grandmother Birdie’s Alabama farm. They plan on leaving her there for the duration of her pregnancy, but Birdie insists that Olivia Jean can stay only if her mother, Daisy, stays as well.
Though she and her mother have been estranged for years, Daisy sees no alternative but to send her beloved, though unfaithful husband back north and settle in to life “down South” with her mother and daughter. Now that these three generations of proud, spirited women are together under one roof, Birdie, Daisy, and Olivia Jean must make sense of their roles as mothers — and find a place in their lives for love, independence and each other.
Bonnie J. Glover
Image Award Nominees – Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
- “Blood Colony: A Novel” – Tananarive Due (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
- “Going Down South: A Novel” – Bonnie J. Glover (Random House/One World/Ballentine)
- “In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel” – Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes (Atria Books/ Simon & Schuster)
- “Just Too Good to Be True” – E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday)
- “Song Yet Sung” – James McBride (Riverhead Books)