Southern Phoenix (Fiction)

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The Southern Phoenix is a tale about the Black experience in the Deep South. This historical fiction novel introduces the sit-ins in Alabama, the 1965 riots in Watts, fair housing issues, and scenes–poignant, joyous, riveting, and sad–portraying what life was really like for the Black population during the decades of the mid-20th century.

The Southern Phoenix is an historical fiction novel by Rosemary Jenkins.


The Southern Phoenix captures the ambiance of the South during this critical period of American history. The dialogue is authentic. The characters are people to whom we can relate.  It is a must-read for lovers of historical fiction.

Dick Price, Co-founder,

I was blown away by The Southern Phoenix. Her imagery, honesty, and insights make this book worth reading again and again.

George Christopher Thomas, Founder/Editor, Van Nuys News Press

Rosemary made the story reflect what it was like to live in the Deep South in those days.  I hope many people get to read it because not enough young people, let alone adults, truly comprehend what the Civil Rights struggles were all about and how difficult it was to live down South during those days.  The protagonist succeeded, despite all odds, and at the same time, he gave back—good modeling for all of us.

 Virginia Capers, Tony-Award Winning Actress

The Southern Phoenix frames a sacred time and place in the history of our nation.  It will touch any reader open to the transformative gift of culture in the lives of our children.  I highly recommend it for middle and high school readers–though anyone seeking to understand the complex tensions of race and diversity will benefit and enjoy reading this thoughtful novel.

José Velásquez, Principal, Los Angeles Unified School District

The Southern Phoenix is a real page turner. I tried to stop myself from reading ahead. And of course, you know, a big surprise was waiting.

Lynette Stafford, The Magical StoryBook Lady

This is a touching and beautiful story. If is full of the rich textures of the people in it. You feel for them and with them… The old lady telling the story moved me many time during my reading.

Lee Wells, Author

Rich material.  An excellent story.  Nice touches!  Dramatic, fascinating, terrifying, compelling. Wow!

Alan Armer, Movie Producer

The book displays an excellent grasp of real-life situations and how normal individuals behave.  Its charm  lies in the extraordinary acts that these average individuals perform.  Ba’ Bro’ and his mother Leona Mae emerge as true heroes because THEY PERSEVERE THROUGH situations that we as readers can relate to, and have in some degree probably experienced ourselves.  

Craig Knizek, Reader for Grand Central Productions

Ba’ Bro’ is a believable, character who lives in an interesting world. The author sustained this community—and the reader’s interest—all the way through.

Guy Kettlehack, formerly with Howard Buck Agency

I was greatly moved by the story, the characters, the writing style and the sense of The Southern Phoenix. It would be a natural for a television mini-series. It manages to convey dramatically both the facts and the feelings of people caught up in the major civil rights struggle of our times.

Fern Seizer, former Executive Director, Fair Housing Council, San Fernando Valley

Easy reading; fast-moving.  The account of Sandoval lunch counter sit-ins were good, suspenseful and kept me reading furiously!  Noted the excellent use of language from early crude to later refined. Felt like saying, “Rah!” to house purchase. It should be required re-reading every 5 years to remind us of what was. . .

Ray Crisp, former HUD and VP of Fair Housing Council Executive, San Fernando Valley

I began reading it while sitting in the “ortho” waiting room and by the time (my daughter) came out, I had already shed a few tears.  I find the book compelling and compassionate.  I couldn’t wait to get finish it.

Helen Bond, Educator



13 thoughts on “Southern Phoenix (Fiction)

  1. I read the Amazon preview for this title yesterday. I was immediately drawn into the story. Can’t wait to read the book in its entirety.

  2. *****
    N. Canoon September 2, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

    Rosemary Jenkins has captured a true picture of the struggles of this time. She created authentic characters that have become real on these pages and in our minds. For those who were not around, it will help explain the ethos of those times and will remind those who were there of the strife, the defeats, and the triumphs that were experienced then and the relevance to today’s events. Highly recommended read!

  3. THE SOUTHERN PHOENIX: Review by a young correspondent, AAF, California State Prison:

    I was thoroughly impressed by The Southern Phoenix by Rosemary Jenkins. Her style evokes every emotion in the reader–from happiness to anger to sadness to empathy and nostalgia. The story was absolutely touching, motivating, and informative. The language took me some time to get used to at first, because of the challenge which comes with understanding an accurate Southern accent, but once I was able to grasp the inflections of Miss Mae Emma, I had a much smoother time at reading the book. The scene of Miss Mae Emma talking with Udeka Yawfe brings back memories of my grandmother who would stay up with me long into the night, telling stories about her childhood in Alabama. Ba’ Bro’s life is the classic story of a man whose suffering and hardships turned him into a successful man. One of the most touching parts of the book is Ba’ Bro’s emotional eulogy for his friend. I like how Ms. Jenkins was able to relate relevant social themes by having an adult speak to a child in simple enough terms so that the child (any child) can understand without insulting a child’s intelligence. The very fact that an adult is having such heavy conversations with such a young person is evidence of the respect that all adults should show towards young people. This book is a good read for everybody so I highly recommend it!

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