Morning in a Different Place
Friendship with Yolanda, an African-American, is not something Fiona’s new friends will tolerate.
I told her what happened. And once I did, something changed, something about who I was.
Fiona is a child of Irish immigrants; Yolanda is black. Their friendship breaks all the rules. Compelled by financial hardship and concern about her daughter, Fiona’s mother has reunited with her husband, who struggles with alcoholism and the violence it triggers in him. Their new start offers Fiona the hope of normality and of finally being accepted by her peers. But her friendship with Yolanda is not something her new friends will tolerate, and so Fiona deceives both Yolanda and herself as she tries to make a life. When she realizes that her father is drinking again and her mother is in danger, Fiona finds that the price of acceptance—her mother’s safety and her friendship with Yolanda—is one she’s unwilling to pay. As she comes to see what is truly worth having, Fiona makes a plan to protect her mother and finds the courage to defend her friendship with Yolanda.
- Ages: 14 - 17
- Grades: 9 - 12
- Pages: 176