My Box of Jewels follows the trials and tribulations of Pearl, a witty, down-home southern matriarch whose life begins on a Mississippi farm on January 13, 1936.
Born into a large African American family, Pearl's father is a country preacher who travels the countryside visiting the sick and spreading the good news of the gospel. Pearl and her brothers and sisters live a good life, despite a lack of inside toilets, running water, electricity, or a telephone. The family is not without its hardships-her mother dies during childbirth and the Klan burns their house to the ground-but Pearl survives stronger than ever by believing God will always make a way out of no way. Eventually Pearl marries and moves to St. Louis where she discovers a new way of worship and converts to Catholicism. As Pearl's family grows to include three children-all of whom are named after gems-Pearl journals all their experiences, recording an incredible family history.
As the circle of life takes Pearl to a rocker on her front porch, she shares the story of her life with her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, providing them with an everlasting gift of her legacy.
MY BOX OF JEWELS
Kathy R. Jackson