A Novel

eBook - 2013
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In early 1800s Tennessee, two men find themselves locked in an intimate power struggle. Richardson, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran, has spent his life fighting not only for his country but also for wealth and status. When the pressures of westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he's built, he sets Washington, a young man he owns, to work as his breeding sire. Wash, the first member of his family to be born into slavery, struggles to hold onto his only solace: the spirituality inherited from his shamanic mother. As he navigates the treacherous currents of his position, despair and disease lead him to a potent healer named Pallas. Their tender love unfolds against this turbulent backdrop while she inspires him to forge a new understanding of his heritage and his place in it. Once Richardson and Wash find themselves at a crossroads, all three lives are pushed to the brink.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
ISBN: 0802193781
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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May 13, 2015

There was no story line.The imagination was not stirred.A plot was missing.

Mar 01, 2013

The writing is poetic and makes you rock with the waters - real or imaginary. It's easy to feel close to many of the characters, and to care about Wash. The book flap is poorly written, but the book is well written and worth reading.

m2 Feb 21, 2013

Gorgeous debut novel that chronicles that time in our nation's history after the revolutionary war when many wanted to ban slavery. It is beautifully written and felt -- you know these characters at the end in an intimate way due to lovely first person shifts. Though thin on plot, the story stays with you when you are not reading and long long after you've finished the book. It is rare for a slave novel to cover the effect of slavery on the owners and children of owners. A GREAT book club choice. Better than Mudbound, a favorite of mine. Far better than The Help. Read it.


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