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River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke

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p From the author of the bestselling i River Cross My Heart i a compelling and lyrical new novel about a young black woman in the Civil War era who finds refuge in a racially tolerant community br br p p Russell s Knob is not paradise But already in this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks and whites and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations It is a haven for Dossie Bird who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family Duncan so much older than Dossie could he expect her to be his helpmeet his reticent sister his exuberant nephews and a circle of friends that includes the local spirit woman Noelle Tentatively Dossie begins to lay down roots until an act of violence propels her away from Russell s Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City s mean streets br br p p With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels i River Cross My Heart i and i Stand the Storm i Breena Clarke weaves the richly dramatic story of one woman s triumph in the crucible of history p, Even though former slaves Annie Coats and her son Gabriel have managed to buy their freedom their lives are still marked by constant struggle and sacrifice to the extent that Annie secretly recalls her days on the plantation with fondness Washington s Georgetown neighborhood where the Coatses are seeking to build their new lives with Gabriel a tailor producing uniforms for soldiers and fine suits for pompous politicians and Annie a seamstress and laundress catering to the nearby brothels and stately homes is supposed to be a safe haven a promised land for former slaves but is effectively a frontier town gritty and dangerous with no laws protecting black people In fact the city s own emancipation efforts in serve only to compromise the Coats family s status putting Gabriel s three young daughters each of them born free of free parents at risk of becoming the property of the Coatses former master The remarkable emotional energy with which the Coatses rise their daily battles as they negotiate with their former owner as they assist other former slaves en route to freedom as they prepare for the encroaching war and as they struggle to love each other enough is what fuels this novel and makes its tragic denoument so devastating, b The acclaimed bestseller a selection of Oprah s Book Club that brings vividly to life the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC circa a community reeling from a young girl s tragic death b br br Five year old Clara Bynum is dead drowned in the Potomac River in the shadow of a seemingly haunted rock outcropping known locally as the Three Sisters i River Cross My Heart i which marks the debut of a wonderfully gifted new storyteller weighs the effect of Clara s absence on the people she has left behind her parents Alice and Willie Bynum torn between the old world of their rural North Carolina home and the new world of the city to which they have moved in search of a better life for themselves and their children the friends and relatives of the Bynum family in the Georgetown neighborhood they now call home and most especially Clara s sister ten year old Johnnie Mae who must come to terms with the powerful and confused emotions stirred by her sister s death as she struggles to decide what kind of woman she will become This highly accomplished first novel resonates with ideas impassioned lyricism and poignant historical detail as it captures an essential part of the African American experience in our century, No description available