Forever Was A Day
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Forever Was A Day
The Sequel To 'Stay The Course'
Published:
7/3/2007
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
324
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-43430-311-0
Print Type:
B/W

E. D. Arrington returns with: Forever Was A Day, the sequel to her spellbinding novel, Stay The Course.  In this continuing saga, Lori  faces possibly the toughest challenges of her short life's journey.  Mere hours after attending her grandmother's ("Ma") funeral, Lori is sent away from the only home she knows, away from the only people she loves, to live in Alexandria, Virginia, with a relative she has just met.  A relative who comes from the white-looking side of the family.  A relative who has neglected to tell her husband one minor detail...that Lori looks like...a Negro.

What Readers Said About Stay The Course:

Stay The Course is a magnificent book.  It's the kind of book that should be in every school in this country. Our children need to know what it was truly like in the '60s and '70s, and Stay The Course does just that. Our children need to know their history, and Stay The Course is full of facts.-Isolene Taylor, (Retired Teacher) Snow Hill, N.C.

I enjoyed Stay The Course very much, chuckling at times and crying, too. The author tells a story of love, devotion, hope, despair, faith, and triumph.  I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.-Beverley Brown, Falls Church, VA.

I am a reading enrichment teacher.  My students enjoyed Stay The Course. They learned so much about segregation.-Uzal Daniels, Los Angeles, CA

I am overwhelmed at the impact Stay The Course had on me.  The author really captured the "Old South" style.-Kris Chinn, Washington, D.C.

As an assistant principal, I would recommend Stay The Course to be included as required reading for all children. It teaches so much about how to overcome life's challenges in a positive way-Tonya Johnson, Wilson, N.C.

                                                 Chapter 9  
 The second I sat down at the table, the laughter and joking abruptly ended.  Daniel went from being Robert’s older brother to Captain Daniel Henry McArthur, Jr.  He told – no he ordered – everyone where to sit.  I was seated directly across from him.  After Daniel blessed the meal, he made sure he was served first, then began to eat without the courtesy of waiting for the others.  No one made any objection.
    “So, Robert tells me you’re a college girl,” Daniel said, sarcastically.
    “Yes,” I responded, softly.
     “Yes, sir,” he shot back.
    Clara Suzette said,  “Robert and I believe being respectful is what’s key.
    “Respect and formal are what this girl needs to be taught early or you’ll live to regret it,” Daniel said. "And furthermore…”            “Daniel is there anything else you would like?” Robert interrupted, “More coffee? Juice?”
    
“No,” Daniel said, pleased by the special attention he was receiving.  “I’ve got to save some room for Thanksgiving dinner.  Isn’t that what this day is about?  Turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato pie?”
    "It’s about giving thanks,” I said, respectfully.
    Daniel stared into my gaze. He leaned forward, a mocking smirk on his pale face, his blue eyes glaring. “Thanks to who, girl?  The Apaches?”
    I didn’t respond right away. I needed a moment to find polite words. “I believe they would appreciate being called Native Americans.  And, I believe the Puritans who survived that cold winter at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, would say, yes, they were very thankful.
    A bigger smirk broke at Daniel's lips. “Is that right?”
    "Yes…sir.  In the fall of 1621, the Native Americans and the Puritans held a Thanksgiving celebration for three days.  I say the Puritans were very thankful to the Native Americans for keeping them alive.”
    Daniel picked up his cup of coffee and held it to his lips.  He didn’t take one sip. He sat there peering at me over the cup, his eyes growing a darker blue, and said, in a mocking tone, “You don’t say?”
    “Yes…sir.  And during World War II, the Navajo Indians were important servicemen in the United States Marine Corp.   The United States might have lost that war if it hadn’t been for the Native Americans.  The Navajo soldiers used their native language to create a communication system to send messages in U.S. military codes that the Japanese couldn’t break.”
    “R-e-a-l-l-y?” Daniel said, again in a mocking tone.  “So the Apaches is the reason the grand United States military won the war?”
    “The sole reason?  No…sir.  But did they play an important role?  Yes…sir.  Of course, I’m sure you already knew this being that you’re a military man. There are plenty of books about the different American cultures in the school library."
    "Different American cultures? That’s what you’re learning in college?”
    “If you want to learn about other cultures, you have to register for the course and pay. I'm taking African American studies. But we wouldn't have to go to so much trouble if our schools told the whole truth."
   "The whole truth?"  Are you saying the American history I was taught is a lie?"
   "If you put it in a textbook, title the book American History, teach it to children so that they can learn how this country came to be, but leave out the contributions of all other people, all other cultures, except those who look white, what is written might be true, but it is not the whole American history."

 

E.D. Arrington is the author of the compelling novel, Forever Was A Day, the sequel to Stay The Course, a spellbinding story based on her life experiences growing up in rural North Carolina in the late 1960s and early 1970s, On The Edge, a gripping tale of romance, secrets, mystery, and murder of the wealthy set in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and Words Of Comfort: A Collection Of Poems And Inspirational Writings. She is currently working on Move Forward, the sequel to Forever Was A Day. Her novel, On The Edge R-e-v-i-s-i-t-e-D, the continuing saga of On The Edge, is scheduled for release in 2009.

 

Arrington, the fourth of seven children, was raised on a farm in rural Greene County, North Carolina by her grandparents, Tom and Eva Brown-Arrington, until their deaths.  After graduating from T. C. Williams High School, (school of the Titans) in Alexandria, Virginia, she pursued her higher education at local colleges and universities, and lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for twenty-five years before retiring.  She currently resides in Wilson, North Carolina, a small town twenty-three miles from her birthplace.

 
 


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