Zora Hurston And The Strange Case Of Ruby McCollum, by C. Arthur Ellis, Jr. Ph.D., brings to life the story of Ruby McCollum. Ruby was a “wealthy African-American woman” who lived with her husband, Sam, and their children in Live Oak, Florida. Ruby considered herself to be Sam’s equal since she had worked with Sam to acquire their wealth. One fateful evening Sam strikes Ruby in front of his business associates and as a result their lives change. Eventually her life spirals out of control and in 1952 she finds herself on trial for murdering her “white physician and Florida state senator-elect lover”. Supposedly, she killed him because of a dispute over a bill. However, there is much more to this gripping story.
The story is told, in part, in the voice of Zora Hurston who had been sent by a newspaper to cover the trial. This alternates with a history of the troubled times leading up to the murder and the trial.
I found this to be a fascinating story. It is both thought provoking and memorable. From start to finish this book is captivating and I recommend reading it.
I received this book free of charge and I give this review of my own free will.