New book shares ‘Revelations’ about America’s social evolution

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Charlotte Phoenix pens multi-generational family saga with eye-opening perspectives on American history

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Raised in a multi-generational family, Charlotte Phoenix has always been fascinated by the stories and anecdotes of her ancestors. In her debut novel, “Revelations” (published by Xlibris), she intertwines these stories with her own research and filled the gaps with her imagination. This is a historical fiction novel with women’s voices providing their personal perspectives on historic events and on the political, economic and social climate in America during the time periods in which they live.

Stunned by revelations of 30-year-old secrets, Claudia Reynolds Thornton launches into an investigation of her family’s past. Her mother shares her own shocking story of love, loss and deception then entrusts her with the private journals of family matriarchs from three prior generations. Through their first-hand accounts of their experiences growing from naïve adolescents to mature women, she follows her ancestors on a fascinating journey through America’s history and social evolution from 19th century Mississippi to late 20th century New York.

Presented in five distinct, but related stories, “Revelations” explores the universal theme of love and marriage with the conflicting associated emotions of joy, disappointment, anger, betrayal and tragedy. Told through women’s personal accounts, it allows readers to gain intimate knowledge of their private thoughts, feelings, strengths and insecurities as they face challenges in their lives and relationships. It is a family saga that presents insights into the development of contemporary family values, attitudes and traditions.

Most of the characters and communities depicted in “Revelations” are African American and aspects of African American history and culture are revealed through the accounts of their experiences. Inspired by her own family history intertwined with factual information, this book presents perspectives on American history that, Phoenix notes, are usually not presented in school texts or in literature.

By Charlotte Phoenix
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 440 pages | ISBN 9781499031140
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 440 pages | ISBN 9781499031157
E-Book | 440 pages | ISBN 9781499031126
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Charlotte Phoenix served as a college educator and administrator for 40 years, 37 of them at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York. She co-hosted two internationally televised CBS “Sunrise Semester” courses and made numerous professional presentations across America, in Europe and West Africa. A native of Detroit, she graduated from Mumford High School and later earned a Masters at Wayne State University. She is an alumna of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and received her doctorate at New York University. She taught briefly at Atlanta University and lived twenty years in New York City before moving to White Plains, N.Y. where she currently resides with her husband of 40 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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