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A sad story set in the American Civil War dealing with slavery and a young boy Samuel, who is mistakenly sold when he had started life as a free person.
Samuel finds that he has been brought by a white boy who he says “don’t even look as old as I am”, Gerald now claims to own him body and soul and his worth has been set at six hundred dollars.’
Samuel’s an educated boy who has been raised and taught by a priest. He was never supposed to be a slave this makes him keep the knowledge that he can read and write to himself, until the other slaves on the plantation find out and he starts to spread his knowledge of how to read. Now they don’t call him Samuel. Not anymore. And the sound of guns is getting ever closer…
This is a beautifully written book about a young white girl Lisbeth who grows up on Fair Oaks Plantation in the 1800’s. When Lisbeth is born she is handed from her mother to slave/wet-nurse Mattie who has been taken from the Quarters and her newborn son to the Big House and Elizabeth’s mother thinks she should be so grateful to be living in the lap of luxury. As time goes on Lisbeth learns to love and depend on Mattie much more than her own mother but Lisbeth is young and naïve and doesn’t realize there is much more to life on the plantation than she is seeing.
This is a coming of age story as we watch Lisbeth from the time she is born till she is a grown woman, we watch as innocence is replaced with knowledge and knowledge is not always a happy thing.