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Publisher's Summary

Following her National Book Award-nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with this equally elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South.

In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine's family.

Nearly 100 years later, Josephine's descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother, Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha's behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine's converge.

The Revisioners explores the depths of women's relationships: powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, and the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

©2019 Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

Editor's Pick

Family magic
"I must admit, what first drew me to this title is that the author and I share a first name. Then when I learned that Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s first novel, A Kind of Freedom, was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award, I was curious to see how she would follow up such a dazzling debut. Moving back and forth in time, The Revisioners tells the haunting story of Josephine’s conjured escape from slavery as a child, her life as a widow and farm-owner, and the dangerous friendship she forms with her white neighbor as the Ku Klux Klan takes root in post-Reconstruction South. Fast-forward 100 years, and Josephine’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Ava, has reluctantly moved in with her white grandmother who’s spiraling into dementia—or is it something more? What happens in between is the heart of this sweeping, multigenerational saga that's beautifully performed by Myra Lucretia Taylor and Adenrele Ojo."
Margaret H., Audible Editor

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Great story

This novel is a complex intriguing story that offers a message of the strength and courage of African Americans passed from one generation to the next. Really moves away from the mentality of African Americans as simply victims, victimized but not victim mentality.

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Beautifully written and petformed

What a fantastic tribute to history, to the ancestors who give us the strength to move forward. I can't wait to hear more from this author.

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Imitation of life

so, I think I just found another author that I like. Before this book, I read Margaret other book "My Kind of Freedom". I was never fond of authors who go back and forth between time era's but Mrs. Sexton changed my mind. They way she does it is effortlessly. During reading "The Revisioners", I kept thinking of the previous book. Maybe I should read another author between so I won't get the characters mixed up, because I'm sure these 2 books could have been one. This one put me in the mindframe of the imitation of life and colorism. hmmmm now what's next.....#Book43of2020 #bookworm

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It was a good story, great voice narrations. It kind of left me wanting more.

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Great book and narration

Definitely felt apart of the story because of the great narration. You should listen to it.

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A believable generational story.

I listened with an understanding of the struggles and strengths of being a Black family. While others may see their own families reflected in this novel. I see what I know, the struggles and the strengths and our willingness to go on with God’s help.

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Interesting

I found this material difficult to follow it jumped around without warning back & forth never really connected the personalities together. Sort of like ones thought process that multitasks it really left you open wanting and waiting for more ending quite abruptly. I'm thinking there has to be more where is it, I'm ready. I enjoyed this read.

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Waste of time!

What a unbelievable work of reverse racism! Grandma says colored , oh my! But we can laugh about Kings beige girlfriend?? What rot.

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The Power Within

I had trouble at first with going back and forth in time. I would recommend the listener write down the years announced at the beginning of the chapters. After I started doing this it came into focus for me and I was met with a marvelous story about the power women have in them to survive when they learn to trust it!