Hey there Blog World! I hope that everyone had a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving.
Just heard that one of my favorite authors, Bebe Moore Campbell, passed away today, Monday, November 27, 2006. The first novel that I read by Ms. Campbell was, “Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad.“, during the summer of 1991. My parents and I had moved from Long Island, New York to Alexandria, Virginia. I was away from my family, my friends and all my wonderful memories, but Ms. Campbell’s novel slid into a void that I didn’t know how to fill. Since my mother was a reader of all the available African American fiction at the time (Gloria Naylor, Terri McMillan, etc), I was familiar with them, but they felt “old”. Ms. Campbell’s fresh voice and detailed storytelling amazed me. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed all her novels. Her characters were increasing complicated and human, the storylines well written and layered, and the themes as varied as ever.
Back in March when I read that she was taking a break from the her appearances due to a “neurological condition that will require her full attention for recovery”, I sent a card with prayers and well wishes. I was confident that I’d be reading a new novel in no time at all.
It wasn’t to be.
Rest in peace Ms. Campbell. The wonderful body of work that you have written will forever remain and continue to touch the lives of your readers.