The product of Naomi and Jeremy’s union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come.
Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living—Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.
I read the beginning of this book and loved the fact that Naomi was narrating the book. Even though she was dead, they couldn't kill her spirit and she was going to watch out for her baby no matter what. This novel received many praises for Deon's writing and the story itself. Natashia Deon is interesting herself. She's a insurance defense attorney, a writer, founder of Dirty Laundry Lit and a mother of two, one of which is disabled. She's won a few awards for her writing too. Check out Grace... here's the link for Kindle version , and the Nook version.
Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines.
This is a book published in 2013, and already on my Kindle. I love stories that travel back and forth in time. When I read a bit of The House Girl, I enjoyed Tara Conklin's writing style too. Right now, the eBook versions of this book are at a bargain price of $1.99! So if this sounds like something up your reading alley, now's the time to put it on your eReader! Here's a link to the Kindle version, and the Nook version.
Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors of black life in pre-Civil War America. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Here's a link to a reading sample of The Underground. Right now the Hardcover is 40% off at Amazon, and I think that Barnes and Noble will be featuring it next week for 30% off in stores and if you're a member there, you'll get an additional 10% off discount.
If you're interested in Oprah's Book Club, there is an official Goodreads group . There you can join in discussions and look to see what all the books are that Oprah has chosen.
I don't specifically seek out the Oprah Book Club selection, but how can you not hear about it if you are anywhere within 100 miles of a bookstore...
Ans sometimes I would just listen and try to believe her, but then this one time (I guess it was the last time she gave the speech) I said, “And does every teenage girl sometimes feel like she has a super-ugly ninety-pound tumor sticking out of her butt?”