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The Burden of Sweetberry

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | No Comments

Candida "Sweetberry" Armstrong, a beautiful, vain woman, has spent her life hustling men. Deacon Josiah Hess has been her lover for twenty years. They’ve flaunted the relationship in pubic, including before his wife. Sweetberry has even borne him a child. Because of his wealth and status, the church has turned a blind eye. Sweetberry is pleased with herself even though women whisper about her behind her back. Then Luther McGill comes to town. Popular, mysterious, and wealthy, he sweeps Sweetberry off her feet and soon proposes marriage to her. In him, Sweetberry sees a chance for the good life; love, marriage, and financial stability. Happy at last, she begins planning their life together. Deacon Hess, however, doesn't bow out gracefully, and on the church ground after a soul stirring revival, he bludgeons Luther to death. Sweetberry is thrown into the abyss. The trial of Deacon Hess exposes her, forcing her to face the woman she is and the life she's led. Insanity looms from the demons that show up to taunt her to the ghost of Luther that appears at the window at night. Then unexpectedly, a shocker is revealed and she discovers the real reason Josiah Hess killed Luther. "The Burden of Sweetberry" is set in the fictional town of Sipsey, Alabama, in the 1960s. It features aspects of African-American culture common for the time, including style of speaking, worship, and songs of praise.

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