Copyright Bonnie Stanard
... powerful sensory images of plantation life
... [sheds] light on the darker side of antebellum American history
A stellar, heart-wrenching chronicle of human bondage.
The young girl Kedzie hardly knows she’s a slave until she moves from the village to the quarters of Westfall Plantation. People sleep on coarse ticks stuffed with shucks and cook their corn pone over the open fire.
At night in the quarters, cries and laughter escape through chinks in the walls. This rush of humanity is overworked and underfed, crude, brash, and aggrieved, and Kedzie wants no part of it.
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