V.A Herring-Trice was born and raised in Mississippi but moves back and forth between California and Tennessee. After acquiring advanced degrees in the subjects of Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Forensics, she chose to serve the community as a human rights activist, after which she worked as a nurse and state investigator. Apart from playing a major role in the society, she is also a beloved mother and grandmother.
Not Color Blind is Herring-Trice’s first book, and she has poured every haunting little detail of her experience she has been able to gain while serving as an activist. The main characters are Nettie and Beth who come from different but disturbing background of abuse – domestic, sexual, emotional, you name it. Nettie, born out of wedlock, is the daughter of a filthy rich industrial baron from South Carolina. But her luxurious lifestyle does not prevail for long and she faces the ugly dumps of poverty very soon. It comes as a life-shattering shock to her and her children, causing them to immediately leave the home which took her in but continued to abuse her and her mother for a while.
On the other hand there is Beth, who has grown up with her parents’ constant neglect due to their busy social schedules. She eventually gives up on trying to seek their attention and resorts to running away from school and marrying the man she loves. Their union does not last harmoniously for long, her man becoming the torturer she never imagined he could be. Beth escapes this cruel man and finds solace in Nettie’s home. Both their abusive histories and mental states cause an unusual bond between them as they share their deepest secrets and empathize with each other. However, the downfall of their friendship will be the child they both seem to take claim of.
The character development is such that both the protagonists compliment and balance each other’s personalities out. Herring-Trice has a gift of delivering heart wrenching messages through her words, and this book will leave you feeling a torment of emotions, but beware: it is not meant for the lighthearted.