No Blood in the Turnip is written by a local woman who has not had an easy life, but she is a woman who is an inspiration in her tenacity and the will to overcome her circumstances. Maple Sudds Bernard shares an insightful look into her family, community and perspective as an African-American woman. Her non-fiction narrative describes a journey of codependency that followed her from childhood through adulthood, and she shares intimate details about how substance abuse and dysfunctional home environments can affect families.
Locals from Caddo Parish will recognize names of people and places because Maple grew up in the Mooretown area, worked at Western Electric, and attended Morningstar Baptist Church. The attitudes and relationships in the Mooretown community as described by Maple are fascinating, touching and sometimes emotional.
It would be improbable for Maple to experience the trials that she did with the men in her life without some anger and frustration. The negative behaviors that manifested itself in the codependency of generations are subjects on which Maple courageously wishes to shine the light of truth. We, the readers, must sympathize with her as she fights for her marriage and her sons as they get caught up in life on the streets, which eventually leads to imprisonment. She was inspired to share the codependency in her family as a lesson she hopes to pass on to others so maybe they will learn from her mistakes and make better choices in their own lives.
This book also testifies to the importance of faith to those going through tribulations and how that faith in God can give one continued hope and inspiration when nothing else can.
For those wanting this book, contact Maple at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (318) 635-6166 or (318) 564-9008 to order No Blood in the Turnip.
-- By Elaine Marze