For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That's what 15-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she leaves behind her beloved Momma and sister, Hazel, and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amid a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel's dice tables all too often.
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 and set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.
©2016 Natashia Deón (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The conceit of a narrator speaking from the grave has been done before, but rarely has it been as emotionally wrenching as in Natashia Deón's mesmerizing debut novel.... [Narrator Lisa Renée] Pitts reveals lives filled with humiliation, dehumanization, and hopelessness. She presents Deón's characters and unrelenting images truthfully, exposing how little women, particularly African-American women, were valued in this time period." (AudioFile)
This is a must read!!!! I seldom write reviews but this book compelled me to do so!
at times I felt like I was with Naomi and wanted to help her fight the injustices of the times. a very well written and narrated story.
I loved this story. I've never known such a riveting ghost story before. The love that it took for the main character to do what she did and be who she was is very inspiring. Very much worth a read/listen.
no profanity, its ridiculous cursing does not enhance a already good book, it only makes it common and not worth listening to. Truly a great story but the characters outbursts of cursing ruins a otherwise good book
good voice, interesting
The story appeared to be very interesting and captivating
please give a warning about books that have profanity or seriously sexually explicit material everybody does not enjoy that use of language, some like myself find it very offensive
The back and forth reflections were confusing to follow. I would have like to see more development in Josephine or Annie's character
The dialect was not consistent.
no I hope not
Lovely story of love in all of its forms! Narrator's performance guides listeners through the story but provides wonderful visualizations.
Not enough clarity of characters and plot overview in the first chapter
Enunciation was unclear and verbally words were run into each other
It was historical fiction.
Not worth the time.
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