Local author to hold book signing
Special to The Herald
Just Out of Reach is the debut novel by Belinda J. Stevens.
Stevens was born in Yazoo City and is a prominent defense attorney who currently practices in Yazoo City.
Stevens grew up in the sixties where racial injustice and war were at the forefront of society. Within the novel she conveys what it was like in those times by taking a controversial look into the life of a sixteen year old high school freshman, Katherine Boyd.
Stevens’ debut novel introduces the reader to a host of unforgettable characters, situations and issues that captivate the hearts of small town America.
The novel takes place in the Mississippi Delta around the early sixties. Katherine meets the love of her life David, and their love goes on a rollercoaster ride solely because of family issues and political differences.
Due to the actions of Katherine’s mother and a string of horrendous events within Katherine’s life, Katherine and David separate. Katherine then marries Jeffery, a prestigious attorney, whom she meets in college. Katherine later discovers that Jeffery doesn’t like blacks. She then calls for a divorce but Jeffery feverishly refuses her wishes.
Just Out of Reach is a magnificent novel that is filled with drama and suspense. This novel will definitely have the reader at the edge of their seat wondering what will come next.
The author shows vivid imagery as she sheds light on the erratic life of Katherine Boyd. The novel touches on many issues such as war, addiction, dysfunctional relationships, the evolving role of women and the complex issue of race in Mississippi.
Just Out of Reach will be released on May 14, 2013. The book is available in stores throughout the Southeast with book signings scheduled until the end of the year.
Stevens will hold a booksigning at Downtown Marketplace on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a,m, until 2 p.m.
For a complete list of book signings or for more information go to www.facebook.com/belinda.stevens.733.