Abiola is a clever young warrior in West Africa, part of a highly developed society rich not only in trade, but also in metaphorical and spiritual understanding. But neither his prowess nor the sophistication of his culture can save him from betrayal, capture, and being sold into slavery. His name changes to Cornelius as he becomes the property of a Frenchman in the South, from whom he runs away to join the British in the Revolutionary War, hoping for a chance at freedom. He and his family eventually flee to the snowy misery of Nova Scotia, and from there are eventually repatriated back to West Africa—the story comes full circle, and Sierra Leone is named as the home of freed slaves. But all is not as Cornelius had dreamed: Sierra Leone is run, like a colony, by white men, and though slave trading is officially banned, it continues, more lucrative for being driven underground. His daughter, Epiphany, however, has discovered that she has the same gift of metaphorical and spiritual understanding as her ancestors.
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Drawing on the author’s wider ancestry, this is a vividly realized historical novel about three generations of an African family and their experiences with slavery. From West Africa to the American South to Canada and back to Africa, Not with Silver is a gripping fiction based on true historical events.About the Author:
Simi Bedford is the author of Yoruba Girl Dancing.
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Book Description Vintage, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. reprint edition. 357 pages. 7.75x5.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099445174
Book Description Random House UK, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099445174
Book Description Vintage Books, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099445174