9780618219063

The Wind Done Gone

ISBN 10: 0618219064 / 0-618-21906-4
ISBN 13: 9780618219063
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

In a brilliant rejoinder and an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall supplies the story that has been missing from the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. Imagine, simply, that the black characters in Mitchell's tale were other than one-dimensional stereotypes. Then imagine, quite plausibly, that Scarlett O'Hara had an illegitimate mulatto sister, and that this sister, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy--beautiful and brown--gets to tell her story.
Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry of statesmen, professionals, and strivers of every persuasion, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away.
Alluding to events in Gone With the Wind but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, The Wind Done Gone is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable not only of receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A passionate love story, a wrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a book that gives a voice to those history has silenced, The Wind Done Gone is a elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come.


Review:

"Alas, the legal battle surrounding this first novel is more interesting than the book itself....THE WIND DONE GONE is a fairly obvious study in contrasts with Mitchell's original, and not just because of its simple reversals of the racism in Mitchell's work (in Randall's story, it's the white characters who are portrayed as foolish incompetents)....Where Mitchell's novel was epic, vibrant and accessible, Randall's narrative is spare, flat and oblique."

Megan Harlan, New York Times, 07/01/2001

 

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