About the Book
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the story of two mothers, Hazel and Vida, in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, the author's home state. In the beginning these women have little in common except for a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Like Jonathan's other novels, this is a tale of unlikely of friendships in unlikely times, told from the heart. The TOUR DATES have been set and the book is available from your favorite independent bookstore as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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We're well along into our first few months of promoting Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, The media response has been fantastic. Great reviews and feature stories, as well as TV and radio appearances. Also exciting is the interest in the backstory of the book-especially about the author's mother, who inspired Miss Hazel. Check out his latest essay on Salon about how little we actually know our parents. While you are at it, go to the NEWS page to see what the media is saying about the book.
SIBA names "Miss Hazel" an OKRA Pick!
The Winter 2015 Okra Picks have just been announced--the best Southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack.
About The Author
Jonathan Odell is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, speaker and memoirist. His work appears in anthologies, national periodicals, newspapers, and a soon to be published volume of essays about growing up in Mississippi. He has also done extensive work in organizations in the area of racial inclusion. You can view other publications by the author here.
Jonathan now makes his home in Minnesota, but stays long enough each year with his Mississippi family to keep his citizenship papers up to date. Here is a more extensive bio.
Mississippi Delta Virtual Tour
The author gathered a few his favorite photographs taken while researching his novels from 1988-2004. Some gave rise to entire scenes in his books. Click here to take a slow drive through the Delta.
The musical narration was composed and performed by Reed Alt
In the journey to publication, a special group of 102 early reader/reviewers have been of invaluable assistance in the shaping and release of Miss Hazel and The Rosa Parks League. We have designated them "Founding Members of the League." If you believe books have the power to change the world, become a "League Honorary Member." Click here to find out why and how!