TITLE: THE SWEET NOT ENOUGH
GENRE: Southern Gothic Novel
The expectations of three Southern families unravel when a World War II prisoner of war returns home to find that the mother of his ten year old daughter is now pregnant by his black half-brother.
THE SWEET NOT ENOUGH
Some things are meant to stay under. Some things are best left where they are.
1945 HAROLD'S BACK
"How am I kin to that man?" Annie squealed in her loudest, ten-year-old voice as Cora, their cook, opened the oven and poured hot fatback into wet cornmeal. Annie tore at her bushy red hair with the permanent wave that Miss Lula and Aunt Lillemena insisted she get before her uncle's return. No amount of tugging could pull her hair back to the smooth pony tail she'd worn all summer long. Her cowlick stood straight up in a wave like a question mark.
With three swirls around the kitchen, Annie fanned her skirt in front of the open oven like a parachute, hoping this handsome paratrooper with the saucy, blue eyes she'd heard so much about would drop out of the sky, swoop her up and take her away from this impossible house.
"What do I wear? This old dress?" Annie pulled at her skirt and twirled.
Cora, who'd been with the Lambertons forever it seemed, snapped at Annie's bottom with her tea towel. She knew good and well that when her folks got excited, nothing could calm any of them down. Not Miss Lula, Lillemena, even Harold, who today was coming home.
"I never met a soldier before," Annie squealed.
"Girl, you gonna blare out your lungs." Cora shoved the sizzling iron skillet back in the oven before the cornbread cooled in the Alabama steam.