Lorene Cary The Price of a Child

ISBN 13: 9781439508251

The Price of a Child

 
9781439508251: The Price of a Child

With Price of a Child--the story of Ginnie Pryor (cook, mistress and servant to a Virginia planter) and her struggle with slavery in 1855--Cary continues has created a work that elevates the reputation she created with Black Ice, her memoir which won her comparisons to Maya Angelou and Richard Wright. In a novel that examines the price of freedom and the value of a child's life, Price of a Child is "a stunning achievement...a deeply engrossing story.... Cary's impeccable research and seamless narrative carry us along" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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An intimate, gripping novel of the antebellum Underground Railroad, based on the true story of a valiant Philadelphia freedwoman. This is the first novel we have had from the author of Black Ice, the stunning memoir of a black student's experience at a New England prep school in the 1970s.

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With her first book, the extraordinary Black Ice, Lorene Cary won comparisons with Maya Angelou and Richard Wright. Now she gives us a historical novel that belongs alongside the true slave narratives that are its inspiration - a gripping and minutely realized story of the antebellum Underground Railroad and of one courageous woman who rode it to freedom. In 1855 Ginnie Pryor, once cook, mistress, and slave to a Virginia planter, walks away from her furious master and into the embrace of a delegation of Philadelphia's Vigilance Committee. With freedom comes a new name (Mercer Gray), new pleasures (membership in a boisterous family of free-born blacks), and new responsibilities as Mercer becomes a speaker on the abolition circuit. But United States law still considers her a white man's property. And her baby Bennie remains a hostage in Virginia, subject to all the cruelties that Mercer has escaped. Suspenseful, raucously funny, and pulsing with the life of a vanished black America, The Price of a Child is an intimate epic of bondage and liberty by a writer with a true voice and heroic powers of imaginative reconstruction.

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