Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

There is so much book goodness being released that I simply can't keep up! I want to read all of these awesome books! A Kind of Freedom is just one more book to add to the pile! Ya'll, the book struggle is real! There is no question that I will be getting to this one, it ticks a lot of boxes for me. Want to see why this is high on my list? Check out Margaret Wilkerson Sexton reading from A Kind of Freedom. 

(Video is from Mercury News and you can find them on YouTube here.)

Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.

In 1982, Evelyn’s daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband’s drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life.

Jackie’s son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over—until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal.

For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

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