Based on true events, a privileged white child's life is forever changed by the bravery of the family's Black maid, Elizabeth Baxter, who refuses to silently witness the abuse Todd Connor and his siblings receive at the hands of their wealthy, prominent parents.
An autobiographical novel set during the tensions of the 1960’s civil rights movement, Liz Here Now demonstrates the healing power of love and determination. Despite fearing for her own safety, Liz endures both prejudice and police brutality in an attempt to protect those whom she calls her "little white babies."
Only decades later does anyone learn of Liz's bravery and the horror that had taken place within the Connor's wealthy home. At Liz's packed funeral, Todd, the sole white person in the church, gives honor to the heroine who loved and saved him, his sister, and brother from the psychotic woman who was his mother in name only. Their father, a renowned physician was more concerned about protecting his prestige than his own children.
Unable to speak through his sorrow, Todd is reminded by Liz's grieving husband, "Your dark story gonna show off her light. They gonna hear a truth about her for the first time ever." Those words spur Todd to fulfill Liz's dying request: "Liz took my family's secret to her grave," he says, "but she asked me to break that silence now."
Liz Here Now is set in the past but delivers compelling lessons for today: This narrative is a testimonial of how race should never separate us. It shatters the divide of race and shows how love conquers all and brings an awareness of the insidious effects of abuse in any form, whether physical or societal. Liz, in
Liz Here Now, shows us.....
love truly wins.