An African Folk
Tale of the Deep South
by Carolyn Nur
Summary: When Watah Mocasin goes fishing in a
slave burial ground, the spirit of Mean Molly,
a young West African woman that died in Massah
George’s smokehouse, is unleashed upon the
newly freed men and women in the low country of
South Carolina during the first year of
Reconstruction. Guided by the Ijebu warrior,
Obonto, the people work collectively to return her
trust to the Ancestor House.
Molly combines good writing, wonderful characters,
conflict, tension, and purpose. Each character
has his or her own voice. The story is fresh and
invigorating. We pay attention to them.
They represent a wonderful cross section of a
culture as they move toward their own salvation.”
–Leslie Lee, Obie winning, Tony nominated
playwright, professor of dramatic writing, NYU &
Goddard College, Vermont.
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