Opening in Ireland, this book follows the story of Alex Haley's Irish great-great grandfather, James Jackson, sent to the United States, where he established the Forks of Cypress plantation in Alabama and raised his family. His son formed a romantic attachment to the beautiful strong willed slave, Easter, and together they had a daughter, Queen, Alex Haley's grandmother. After the Civil War, Queen left the plantation a free woman, tried to find her identity in a world in which she looked white but was regarded as black. She eventually married Alec Haley, a ferryboat operator, and together they strove to provide everything possible for their growing family. The culmination of Queen's dreams was when her last-born son, Simon, graduated from college, just one generation up from slavery. Alex Haley wrote the Pulitzer-Prize winning book "Roots".
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Queen covers three generations in the family of Alex Haley's father. It seems to be a story passed down orally through generations and is, therefore, quite appropriate for audio. Lonette McKee offers several entertaining characterizations but serves primarily as narrator. Her voice is even and gentle with perfect enunciation. The abridgment has no breaks in logic or awkward compression of the storyline. Major events in the movement toward the Civil War are maintained, and many peripheral characters remain fleshed-out. E.S.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Macmillan, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0333607651