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Because Celia and Little Tea grew up together on the Wakefield's vast acreage, it was a world within a world, so to speak. The two were best friends, and outside, social attitudes did not affect their friendship.
And yet, as the two grew up, and as Celia's 18 months older brother, Hayward, was also a friend of Little Tea, as in part of her immediate environment, what developed between Hayward and Little Tea is significant to the story. This invites the reader to examine their own attitude about a bi-racial relationship, irrespective of what others think.
So, as a writer, my job was to remain impartial, emotionally, as I wrote the story. This is why I answered your question by saying the emotional aspect is in the hands of the reader.
She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.) Little Tea is Claire's 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and a finalist in the Chanticleer Review's Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary