Monthly Archives: November 2012


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Black Books Weekend Treasure Hunt

Black Books Weekend Literary Treasure Hunt

Black Books Weekend, is a totally ONLINE book festival.  Black Books Weekend will open Black Friday, November 23-26, 2012 on The Black Authors Network Online Radio Show.  We are playing a literary treasure hunt.  Visit all of the websites below to find each “gem” as your answers!  Compile a complete collection of correct answers to win fabulous book gifts during Black Books Weekend. The game will be played November 23-26, 2012 and you must be in the BAN chatroom.


* You must be present and logged into the BAN Radio chatroom when the questions are posted.  Go here to register AND to enter the BAN Radio Show chatroom each night:

The first person to post the correct answer for each “gem” will win a book or a instant ebook download. If you are a winner, email Ella Curry immediately at this email address:  with your favorite genre of books and your home mailing address. You have 3 days to claim your book.

Find the answers to the questions for your own personal use.  Do not post the answers for others, because they might just beat you to the treasure chest!  The clues are listed below.


1. What is the name of Pamela Samuels Young new hair book? When will it release?  Find the treasure:

2. Kimberla Lawson Roby has a new book coming Jan. 8, 2013.  What is the complete title?  Find the treasure:

3. Ladies are you searching for Mr. Right? Check out Mr. Right by author ______.   Like the page and Find the treasure:

4. The Land of _____  by author Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a story about indiscretions, broken promises and a crazy twist of unrequited love.  Find the treasure:

5. ANOINTED by Patricia Haley is book number ___ in the highly acclaimed CHOSEN series.  Find the treasure:

6. Name the main characters in Where Did We Go Wrong? by Monica Mathis-Stowe.   Find the treasure:

7. Who is the main female character in the LA Blues series by Maxine Thompson.  Find the treasure:

8. What Atlanta, GA bookclub was established in November 2009 by Bobbi Ramey, president?  Find the treasure:

9. Fire Down Below by ____ contains four shorty stories and one long novella. First self-published title by this author, who has written more than 47 books!   Find the treasure:

10. Author Terri D.  is a long-term transplant resident of ______, PA.   Find the treasure:

11. Who are the 3 main characters in Havoc on a Homewrecker by Mz. Robinson?  Find the treasure:  

12.  In  Still Grindin’ by Kendall Banks, _______  is back and dirtier than ever in this sequel to Welfare Grind.  Find the treasure:

13. Every player can be played.  Calvin’s Trick or Treat is book 2 in the ____ Series by Tucker Davis. Find the treasure:

14. In “A Blessing and A Curse” by author _____,  Malika has the life every woman wants.  Find the treasure:

15. FREEMAN, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the ______ surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Find the treasure:


1. What is the link to the Books & Babes Literary Scavenger Hunts as listed on Black Pearls Magazine?  Find the treasure:

NOTICE:  This game/contest is not related to or sponsored by Facebook or Twitter in anyway.  This treasure hunt is sponsored by EDC Creations Media.  No purchase necessary to win. ONE book per person; per household.  Must be 19 years old to play.  Void where prohibited.  Ebook downloads will be given to all winners outside of the United States.  Books delivered via media mail in 14 days.
This game ends Monday Night, November 26, 2012 in the BAN Radio Chatroom.


Havoc on a Homewrecker by Mz. Robinson

Havoc on a Homewrecker by Mz. Robinson
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Finding a man has never been a problem for Toi Underwood. Finding a man who understands and respects her devotion to her career, lack of availability, and need for her me time is another story. Toi is so career driven that when she meets a man she either intimidates him or she pisses him off.

When Toi meets Carlton Thomas she begins to think that her prayers have been answered. Not only is Carlton attractive, he’s hardworking and understands her busy lifestyle. He’s patient and respects that Toi can’t be readily available to him due to other commitments. After all, he has his own extracurricular activities. Toi thinks she has met her match until she discovers that one of Carlton ’s extracurricular activities, just so happens to be another woman—his wife, Lisa.

Toi knows in her heart that walking away is the best option, but sometimes the right thing to do is also the hardest, especially when emotions and feelings have gotten involved. Toi’s mantra becomes, It is…what it is. Toi’s not looking for a ring and currently she could care less about being anyone’s wifey. To be honest she could care less about Lisa. It’s obvious that she’s doing something wrong that would make her man have to look elsewhere. Right? And what Lisa doesn’t know can’t hurt her. As long as everyone is happy, what could possibly go wrong?

For six years Lisa waited anxiously for Carlton to propose. Now, two years later, she has the ring and the papers. Granted, marriage hasn’t been what she expected, but she’s determined to make the best out of it. When she discovers Carlton has not only been playing the field but that he and Toi refuse to end their affair, Lisa becomes a woman on a mission. Lisa throws all logic and reasoning out the window and decides it’s time to teach some unforgettable lessons.

Toi quickly learns that ending her affair with Carlton is not only the right thing to do but could possibly save her life. However, some awakenings come a little too late. Toi will see that when the right woman gets fed up she can truly be Havoc on a Home Wrecker.

Book Review for Havoc on a Homewrecker
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I’m at a lost for words!  Mz. Robinson, you have fire drizzling from your pen!! Havoc on a Homewrecker is undoubtedly a TOP SELLER!! The characters came to life and brought their drama through my door. I liked them, then I hated them. I didn’t know whether I wanted to fight the men or the women but I knew I wanted somebody!! Your ability to take the story in one direction, then bring it back around and end up somewhere I never expected is remarkable. Keep ’em comin’!  ~BOSS LADI

ISBN-10: 1938442105
ISBN-13: 978-1938442100
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Still Grindin’ and Welfare Grind by Kendall Banks

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Book 2- Still Grindin’ by Kendall Banks
Keema is back and dirtier than ever in this sequel to bestselling novel, Welfare Grind. After oddly maneuvering her way out of the blood bath she left behind in Arizona, Keema is up to her old tricks again. Between sex, greed and murder it s almost impossible to escape from the hood life she s grown accustomed to. From one scam to the next, she finally comes up with a new hustle that rains money and is sure to give her the riches she thinks she deserves.  

That is until someone from her past emerges sending her into mental shock. The stakes become high as Keema fights for her life, still with her mind on her money. While stacking paper Keema also stacks enemies…old and new. Unfortunately for her, her street savvy mentality may not be enough to get her off this time.

ISBN-10: 1934230413
ISBN-13: 978-1934230411

Book 1- Welfare Grind by Kendall Banks
Cold-hearted Keema takes the world by storm as she navigates her way through every trick and scam she can pull off. With four kids in tow, living off the welfare system had become her life along with the extra cash, sex and violence, her gangsta boyfriend Dupree brought into her life. Soon, chaos erupts, causing Keema’s secret past to become a problem. When the chips fall, they fall hard, leaving Keema willing to do whatever it takes to keep money in her pocket. She’s willing to go that extra mile, even if it means setting up her man.

Primary Message:  Readers’ walk away with a realistic understanding of the GOOD, BAD and the UGLY when dealing with the Welfare System. Although the story is told in a vivid, fast-paced way, it’s a shocking eye-opener.

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ISBN-10: 1934230383
ISBN-13: 978-1934230381
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Mr. Right Now by author Terri D.

Mr. Right Now by author Terri D.
Available Friday, November 23, 2012

Mr. Right Now highlights the life of one of my main characters, Toni Summerfield  who appears in my previous novels Yesterday’s Lies and Today’s Truth.  Toni is the type of woman that so many women can relate to.  Abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother who always chose her boyfriend of the moment over her own child.  Toni looks for love in all the wrong places.  She meets her soul mate, Benjamin and believes they will live happily ever after.  When Benjamin the only man she allowed into her heart vanishes she is lost, alone and hurting.  Mr. Right Now speaks directly to every woman who has ever asked herself this question.  Will I ever find my Mr. Right?
Looking for a fresh start Toni decides to move to a new city hoping to leave her painful past behind her.  Mr. Right Now takes you through Toni’s adventures and relationship challenges as she navigates through healing from her past and preparing for her future.  It will make you laugh and cry as the story unfolds and Toni shares her innermost feelings with you through her journal entries.

Excerpt: Mr. Right Now by author Terri D.

Abandoned by the only man she’s ever loved when she needed him the most. Toni Summerfield makes a decision that will haunt her for the rest of her life. She’s lost, alone and hurting. She decides to try a new city and a new job. Is this the fresh start she’s been looking for or will pain and sorrow follow her.  When she meets Andrew could her search for Mr. Right be over or does she find herself dealing with another Mr. Right Now?

Dear Journal,
Here I sit trying to fight back tears because I am so lost. I do not know how to go on living this way. Keeping all of this hurt and pain bottled up inside of me. It’s becoming unbearable, something has to change. I have been lying around sleeping and crying for weeks now. I am so close to a mental breakdown it’s scary, or maybe I am in the middle of it now, who knows. I feel like I am in the middle of this inner struggle part of me wants to breakdown curl up in a corner and continue to cry like a baby. The other part wants to be strong, rise above it all and become a successful professional woman, marry my soul mate and have a family.

Maybe that’s my problem I can’t determine how to define success anymore. What does success mean to me? Today success is getting through this day without breaking down. Yesterday success meant handling it all myself. Not worrying about controlling other people but doing what I needed to get the things I wanted done. A year ago success meant graduating from college, marrying my soul mate and starting a family.

Well I did graduate from college so I can cross that one off of my list. Marrying my soul mate, well it seems that’s not going to happen and as for starting a family well I technically did start one but I guess you can say I didn’t finish it. I wasn’t quite ready to embark on that adventure without my soul mate by my side so I did what I had to do. It’s been a month and I’m still asking myself if I did the right thing? No one to talk to about it since no one knows but me, God and the people at the hospital where I left my baby.

I don’t even know if it’s a girl or a boy. There is a child out there somewhere who will one day learn that they were adopted and they will wonder why their parents gave them up. How could I ever face my child and tell them why? The reason makes sense to me the parent but the children always feel abandoned, like they were not wanted or good enough to be kept. It’s sort of how I feel right now myself. Why did Benjamin abandon me? Wasn’t I good enough? Didn’t he love me enough to know that we could make it through any challenge we were faced with?

( Continued Black Friday, November 23! )

Copyright © 2012 by author Terri D. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission from the publisher. Excerpt provided solely for the personal use of visitors to the EDC Creations website or Facebook blog.  More books from this author:

Intimate Conversation with author Terri D.

Terri D.  is a long-term transplant resident of Harrisburg, PA.  She is a single mother of three who has written poetry and short stories all of her life.  Her children have always been her inspiration to push to get to the next level.  She writes as a way to express herself and to document her inner most feelings.  Terri D. published her debut novel titled  Yesterday’s Lies  in 2011 and her second novel  Today’s Truth  was released in the Spring of 2012.  For more information about Terri D. please visit her website at:  or  visit her fan page on Facebook:

BPM: Tell us about your journey becoming a successfully published author.  Do you have anyone in your life that was heavily influential in your deciding to become an author? 
I have always kept journals and written poetry and short stories.  One of my best friends who I have known over 20 years has always enjoyed my writing; she always complimented me on how well I express myself in writing.  I didn’t plan on writing a book I just had an idea and started writing one night in 2010.  After a few chapters I shared what I had written with my friend and she encouraged me to continue and finish the story.

BPM:  Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I wrote it as entertainment however there are some strong messages in the book.  I would like for my readers to really think about their relationships and the decisions that they make everyday when interacting with each other.  Sometimes we hide things or keep secrets to spare feelings but in the end we are doing ourselves and our friends a disservice by not being honest and truthful.



Land of Promiscuity by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Land of Promiscuity by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Her biggest sin was her squandered promise.

Death of her mother and town martyr, Madame Ava Lucas brings Rebecca Lucas back to a land she would rather forget where she reunites with the only one man who has dared to love her as a true friend. Fifteen years later, that man, William Donovan is now the assistant Pastor of Grace Apostle Methodist Church adjacent to her family’s home estate. He’s devoted to helping Rebecca heal old wounds and rediscover her passion when she returns home. What they do not expect is in settling her mother’s estate that they would unearth a generational curse that threatens to dismantle their carefully built love affair.

The Land of Promiscuity is a crazy twist of unrequited love that will leave you wondering whether there are circumstances that make it impossible for even love to survive. 

The Land of Promiscuity deals with generational curses and forgiveness.  Listen to the reading and share with friends:   

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ISBN-10: 160162736X
ISBN-13: 978-1601627360


Calvin’s Trick or Treat by Tucker Davis

Calvin’s Trick or Treat by Tucker Davis
Book 2 in the Chasing Love Series

Every player can be played.

With his recent promotion, accommodating women and fun loving personality, Calvin Jameson was enjoying life to the fullest.  But his life is turned upside down the minute he reads a text from Tricia Martin, a woman with whom he spent two blissful weeks.  Tricia’s text proclaiming she is pregnant and Calvin is the father sent his life into a downward spiral.  Calvin shouts to the world the unborn baby is not his. So why does he pretend to be engaged to Tricia when his heart has latched onto Amber Kennedy?  Is this all a trick, if so, who is tricking whom?

Amber Kennedy desired a man to love her and her only with all the passion she read about in novels.  Calvin Jameson’s reputation preceded him, which is why Amber wanted to run and hide the second she laid eyes on Calvin the first day of her defensive driving class.  However, her feet, eyes and heart planted her in place, hoping he was the man she was waiting to love.  Would Calvin prove to be the treat her heart longs for or is it all an illusion? 

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Calvin’s Trick or Treat by Tucker Davis
Romance;  Book 2 Chasing Love Series
ISBN: 978-1432784157

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Perfectly Designed by Daphne Douglas

What will Nikki do when her mind doesn’t remember, but her body does?  

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Architect Nikki Phillips awakens from a coma with no memory of the past three years.  She believes she is in a three year relationship with her ex-boyfriend, basketball star DaJuan Spencer, but in reality she is engaged to Trey Williams – her high school crush and the most gorgeous man she has ever seen.  Despite having no memory of a romantic relationship with the sexy veterinarian, Nikki can’t ignore the erotic visions she has of Trey making love to her or how her body tingles all over when he is near. 

Devastated by the current situation, Trey is determined to help Nikki regain her memory.  He supports her and shows her a love she has never known.  DaJuan on the other hand, has fought hard to get Nikki back after destroying their relation.  He feels lucky that circumstances have provided him with another opportunity.  His only hope is that Nikki’s memory won’t return until after she falls in love with him again.   

Now being pursued by two gorgeous men, Nikki must decide whether to continue the relationship she remembers with DaJuan, despite her changing feelings for him or Trey the man her mind doesn’t remember but her body and her heart does. 

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Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 0615652832
ISBN-13: 978-0615652832

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A Blessing and A Curse by Author Andrea Clinton

A Blessing and A Curse 
by Andrea Clinton
In “A Blessing and A Curse” Malika has the life every woman wants, a hard working husband who makes it happen financially; kids, both adopted as well as biological; her career as an artist with partners who own an art gallery; nice house, nice neighbors and the gift of foresight.

Malika couldn’t ask for much more, until her gift of sight and infrequent ability to read minds opened her up to her husband’s disgust, followed by his uncaring desire to leave her. She can’t figure it out, what has gone wrong? But a well needed vacation helps her find her worth but to what detrimental end?

Malika finds a different type of groove in her story,  A Blessing and A Curse. 

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ISBN-10: 0981837646
ISBN-13: 978-0981837642
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Intimate Conversation with Andrea Clinton
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Previously an English teacher and high school principal, Andrea Clintonis a Novelist, Poet, Essayist and aspiring Screenwriter and Filmmaker. Andrea is a Montclair State University Graduate, who’s achieved a degree in English, Film and Journalism. She’s the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, People Helping People, Inc., whose mission is to help citizens become independent and self-sufficient; Andrea is Editor in Chief of AMISTAD newspaper and magazine; and is presently working on a biography and screenplay featuring her uncle, Rock and Roll Hall of famer, George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic and the Clinton family.

Struck with Lupus in 2002, Andrea decided that if she were blessed to live, she would bring her countless stories into fruition by publishing them for the world to read. Her first novel is one of five in the first volume of, “Life Knows No Bounds.” Andrea began this chronicle to exhibit to the world and address through fiction, the many directions life leads us in, regardless of which class we belong to. Andrea also set out to express to the world that life isn’t after anyone in particular, it just doesn’t know boundaries.

With the goal of helping people to understand and accept life, Andrea is said to write with that same creative gene and knack that made her uncle George Clinton the musical great that he is. See her many book reviews that support Andrea Clinton as a creative and entertaining great writer on the rise.

BAN: You have overcome many obstacles in life, how do you stay focused and keep writing? Do you have days when you just want to give up writing?
Many. In fact, it’s the reason I’m just now publishing. I had heard so many horror stories about the book industry that I ran like a chicken for many years, sharing my stories in magazines and newspapers as well as with friends. Even when professors encouraged me to send my work out to authors I wouldn’t because it seemed too cut-throat and I wasn’t up for the task. After all the research I did and an agent who seemed rough around the edges, I just did away with the thought. But, when I was struck with lupus in 2002, I regretted having 10 or more year old stories that received rave reviews, but were all packed in trunks and storage boxes. It was too heavy on my mind as I lay sick that I never published, nor attempted to. All this, while laying and worrying about dying from lupus. So when I was well, a publicist I’d consulted with at that time said with having lupus and being fearful of not having the time to live to publish my finished books, I should self publish. Thus, the 1st book in the “Life Knows No Bounds series.”

BAN: Do you have any favorite authors or books? 
Sure, J. California Cooper, she’s outstanding. I started out writing stories like the ones she writes, with the same aim to enlighten others about previous goings on in the south and things they forget about. I also love Terry McMillan, Alice Walker, Michael Baisden and Eric Jerome Dickey. Other Books in African Literature.: Mother To Mother, Mema, and Devil On The Cross.

My literary muses are, and I say it proudly, Richard Wright who made me want to tell my story; and my favorite author,  J. California Cooper who pushed me to complete my first short short story after I read family. Charles W. Chestnut who was the first African American realism writer in the 1800′s, he shed light on slavery from a different angle; and Charlotte Perkins Gilman who wrote, “The Yellow Wallpaper” after experiencing some mental health issues and felt the condition and the treatment of women needed to be exposed so male doctors at that time could stop treating women as if they were insignificant and limp. They make me not just want to write, but they make me want to blast off in the literary world! They are my Duracell batteries… my muse. 

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Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young

Attorney-Client Privilege
by Pamela Samuels Young

A brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel lead attorney Vernetta Henderson on a quest for justice—and ultimately—revenge.

The hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women. While Vernetta simply wants justice for her clients, the corporation’s hired gun wants to win . . . and she doesn’t care how. On the home front, Vernetta’s infamous sidekick Special has finally found true love. But is the price more than she’s willing to pay?

Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young. Legal Thriller/Mystery
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Attorney-Client Privilege Book  Reviews:

“Attorney-Client Privilege is a page-turning, rip-roaring, plot-driven examination of American jurisprudence and its effect on people who have no power. Read this novel. You won’t regret it.”   – Scott Pratt, Author of the Joe Dillard Series

 “Attorney-Client Privilege was a thriller until the very last page. We couldn’t put it down. The best book we’ve read in 2012.”  Sisters with Books Book Club

  “The verdict is in…Attorney Client Privilege delivers! Vernetta and Special are at it again in this dramatic legal thriller! A thought-provoking, page turner you can’t put down!”  Something to Talk About Book Club

About the Author
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney, whose fast-paced legal thrillers tackle law and crime. Her novels include Attorney-Client Privilege, Murder on the Dow Low and Buying Time, which the Black Caucus of the American Library Association honored with its 2010 Fiction Award, calling the book “a captivating, suspenseful thriller.”  A native of Compton, Pamela is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers. Visit Pamela’s website at:
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Strings of Color by Marian L. Thomas

Strings of Color
by Marian L. Thomas 
Life can grab a hold of you like captivating strings of color. It is a lesson that four women will learn as they each travel down a journey filled with lies, betrayal, and shocking secrets.

Simone. Is immensely talented, yet everything she has ever known will be ripped apart. Her love will be tested. Her heart will call out for a strength that could only exist in moments like this, and her tears will carry her through the storm. Will she be able to give her heart to the love of her life while fighting to open her heart to a mother she has never known?

Naya. While facing her greatest loss, will she be able to find the key to strength, the will to continue on, and the endurance to make it through one of the darkest moments in her life?

Monà. Within her heart is a secret so deep that it could shake the very foundations of two lives. Will she be able to finally look into the eyes of a daughter she has only known from a distance?

Misty. Two paths are set before her; one could lead her back to the life of fame and prominence, which she so desperately wants; and the other could give her the love she so desperately needs. Will she choose the path that is best for her future, or for her heart?

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Taylor-Made by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Taylor-Made by Sherryle Kiser Jackson
A young couple is forced to face their past through the mirror of marriage.
Pamela “Pill” Jones was raised in poverty by her older sister and always craved “the good life.” Today she’s a successful hairstylist, but she and her husband Corey’s income doesn’t cover all the material goods she buys, and they soon find themselves struggling to climb out of deep debt. As Corey bears the brunt of their money problems, Pill just keeps spending. Now Corey’s feeling strained and he can’t deal.

Corey is also trying to figure out who he is, but all he sees in front of them are issues, with no end in sight. He asks Pill to join him for Marriage Maintenance classes and hopes with a little faith they can get their marriage back on track. But will Pill get on board—even if it means “going without” again?

When materialistic Pill’s husband asks her to join him for Marriage Maintenance classes, he hopes they can get their marriage back on track. But will Pill get on board—even if it means “going without” again?

Taylor Made by Sherryle Kiser Jackson. Faith based fiction. Listen now:


Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Freeman is a love story–sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient–about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War.

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Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee’s surrender,  Sam–a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army–decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all  “belonged.”

At the same time, Sam’s wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slave owner and Confederate officer.

The book’s third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father’s dying wish.

Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results.  It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period.  Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise–and the terror–of their new status as free men and women.

Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.
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Paperback 432 pages
ISBN-10:  1932841644
ISBN-13:  978-1932841640

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