Marvin v. Blake’s Book 'WHY: A Novel,' a Dramatic Work, Examines Three Co-Existing 19th Century American Cultures: Privileged White, Black Slaves, and Plains Indians

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Recent release “WHY: A Novel” from Page Publishing author Marvin V. Blake is a prolific work full of turbulent events of 19th century American history; the sisters in the novel are forced to choose between love, life and each other.

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Marvin V. Blake, a senior hospital administrator, husband, writer and author, has completed his book “WHY: A Novel”: a gripping and potent tale of choice, racism, and equality.

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Marvin V. Blake’s heroic tale tells a story of two sisters who chose to be honest with themselves and pursue happiness, no matter the stakes.

“WHY” is an epic story, 1838 – 1863, chronicling the lives of two sisters, one white, the other black, both born in 1847, three days apart, on Virginia’s wealthy Rosewood Plantation.

The white sister is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Billings, Master and Mistress of Rosewood, one of the richest cotton plantations in the state of Virginia. The black girl is the issue of the mating of Henry Billings, the Master of the Rosewood Plantation, and one of his female black slaves. While growing up together, one a slave and the other her mistress, in the slave-holding antebellum South, sharing many childhood experiences, the girls are forced to adhere to the harsh rules, and laws that separate white from black.

Henry and Margaret Billings, Master and Mistress of the plantation, hire a recent college graduate, Miss Eleanor Leary, a young progressive, Irish immigrant, to tutor their children, Rebecca and her brother, Jesse. Despite her fear of breaking the laws that prohibit the teaching of slaves to read and write, Eleanor, at Rebecca’s request, decides to include the black slave girl Mandy in their tutorial sessions. A whole new world is opened for Mandy. Through the teachings and the eyes of the white teacher, Mandy slowly, gradually, discards her insidious, lifelong feelings and her acceptance of presumed, inherent racial inferiority, and self-loathing. Feelings and assumptions that Mandy had harbored and accepted from birth were now being replaced by developing feelings of racial pride and personal self-esteem.

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase “WHY: A Novel” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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