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Anywhere You Run    by Wanda M. Morris order for
Anywhere You Run
by Wanda M. Morris
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William Morrow, 2022 (2022)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Wanda M. Morris's Anywhere You Run tells the stories of two very different black sisters, Violet and Marigold Richards, who grew up together in Jackson, Mississippi. It all starts in the summer of 1964, when three young civil white activists (two white and one black) from up north are murdered in Neshoba County. one of the killers snaps photos with his Brownie camera.

Rebellious, fearless Violet, who feels responsible for her older sister Rose's death and parties constantly, is brutally raped on her way home one night by a white man. When she kills him, she knows she has to run. She cons her white beau, Dewey Leonard, into believing they are eloping up north. When they stop for food, she steals his wallet and hops on a bus, stopping in rural Chillicothe, Georgia, where she becomes Vera.

Smart Marigold has been a secretary for the Mississippi Summer Project, working for the Black vote, and in relationship with a married white lawyer in the Project. She hoped to attend law school, but pregnancy (and her sister's action) force her into a quick marriage to handsome Roger Bonny. She and Roger also head north and settle in Ohio close to Roger's brother Frankie. There, Roger shows no signs of interest in working and becomes abusive.

Both sisters have troubles, but neither realize there's someone on their trail. Dewey's wallet contained something very dangerous and he wants it back. He hires unscrupulous Mercer Buggs to find Violet. Ultimately, the sisters do reunite, but then tragedy strikes once more. Anywhere You Run is both remarkable story of the trials of Southern black women in the 60s and a strong affirmation of the enduring bond of sisterhood.

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