"Deep look at the African-American Southern Churches during the 1960s"
In 1963, Reverend Theophilus Simmons decides to rest
and recuperate in Charleston, Mississippi after a week of
revival preaching. Theophilus needs some alone time and
several helpings of the best rib tip sandwich anywhere in
the Delta area before returning to his Memphis flock. At
Pompey's Rib Joint, Theophilus meets cook Essie Lee Lane
and feels a miracle has occurred.
Soon Theophilus and Essie Lee share a long distance
relationship, fall in love, and marry. However, life as a
Reverend and his wife is not made in heaven, as the social
demands of the wealthier patrons put a squeeze on the
couple's need to help the poor. Then there is his former
lover Glodean to further disturb the mix.
CHURCH FOLK is an engaging, deep glimpse at the African-
American Southern Churches during the early civil rights
movement. The story line provides an amazing portrayal of
the era, but also emphasize sexual promiscuity among
religious leaders. The use of profanity might turn off
some readers, but the words fit the vernacular of the
tale. With strong lead characters being tested by their
congregation, Michele Andrea Bowen paints a vivid picture
of a bygone era only four decades ago.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002