by Alice Walker
I was at a book store and looking for a good history-related book. I have always been interested in history, especially American History. After reading the description on the back of the book, I discovered “Meridian” is about a woman’s journey during the Civil Rights Movement. This woman’s name is… Meridian. The title may not go very deep, but it does show that this young lady is the main character.
The first setting in the story is of Truman Held showing up to a town and witnessing his insane-seeming friend having a stand-off with the town’s police and personal tank. Nobody else personally knows her except for the stranger in the town, Truman. What has led her to insanity? We get a little insight into Meridian’s life in the beginning of the book. Though she puts on a brave face in public to stand up for her beliefs, she has an unknown illness that causes her to become paralyzed. Is this illness deadly? Will she overcome it? For now she has no intent on going to a doctor, she just deals with it on her own and slowly stretches until she is fully able to move again.
Meridian has always been an outsider. In college she had one friend, Anne-Marion. Though Meridian was far from lady-like and beautiful, she went to a college for young ladies that readies them for marriage and child-birth. I am excited to join her on her Civil Rights journey.