A Young Girl’s Quest to Find Herself amid Political and Racial Upheaval

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Suspense-drama to be featured at this year’s Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany

A search for identity and the quest for a real home, all set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movements, is what author Ronald Polizzi treats readers with in Heart of Dixie. A perfect blend of drama, suspense, and mystery await in the pages of this engaging novel.

A successful author with a troubled past, Jennifer Leigh Darling or Dixie has spent forty years burying her dark memories. At the age of ten, she sees her life starting to fall apart when her father engages in an affair, which led to the divorce of her parents, and ultimately the suicide of her mother. At the age of thirteen, she is uprooted by her father to New Orleans. Amid racial turmoil, she finds friendship in Dominic, an African-American whom she helps hide from members of the KKK. Together, they discover the vast differences between their two cultures.

Meanwhile, tensions are arising at home with her father planning a marriage with the woman and the woman being pregnant. Her father is working for the mayor challenger, Mr. Jewel, who is involved in the Ku Klux Klan. But fate takes an unexpected turn as Dixie finds herself helping Mr. Jewel’s daughter, for the girl discovered a plot to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders. Both vulnerable, the girls are taken to a militaristic orphanage to be out of the way until the assassination takes place. Will Dixie be able to escape and live to tell her tale on the wake of one of the worst storms this century has seen?

Heart of Dixie sweeps readers from the tumultuous moments of the Civil Rights Movement to the devastating instant of the Hurricane Katrina. Following Dixie’s journey through learning to be a woman, it is a riveting tale that reflects the realities of inequality and injustice that have been in society throughout the many eras.

This book is being featured at the 2010 Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 06 – 10, 2010. Readers who wish to learn more about this book can log on to Amazon.com.

About the Author
Ronald Polizzi hails from the Deep South. Early in his childhood, his parents suffered serious illnesses and he was sent to a rural part of Alabama to live with his grandparents. While there, his uncles entertained him with stories of Night Hags, Bog Witches and Devils at the Crossroads. These stories would later serve as a foundation for Mr. Polizzi’s fictional south, filled with haunted bayous and creatures birthed in unholy swamps. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters in
Art Education from the University of South Alabama. Mr. Polizzi worked as a musician, a portrait painter and a teacher before turning his full attention to fiction writing. Mr. Polizzi’s paintings have been exhibited in the Alabama state capitol. His works have been featured in several museum exhibitions and are represented in collections across the United States. He is a Fellow of the National Writing Project. His short stories and poems have appeared in magazines and one anthology. He now devotes his time to writing and assisting inner-city school children to achieve their own artistic dreams. Mr. Polizzi lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, daughter, one brother, their dog, and sixteen cats        

Heart of Dixie * by Ronald Polizzi
Publication Date: January 31, 2009
Trade Paperback; $17.00; 499 pages; 978-0978560850

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