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Titre : A Million Nightingales
Éditeur : Pantheon
Date d'édition : 2006
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : 1st Edition.
First Edition (first printing). The sixth novel by the author of I BEEN IN SORROW'S KITCHEN AND LICKED OUT ALL THE POTS and HIGHWIRE MOON, the story of a slave girl's emotional journey from captivity to freedom set in early nineteenth-century Louisiana. Fine/Fine. Signed by Straight on the title page. N° de réf. du libraire 7804
Synopsis : A haunting, beautifully written novel set in early-nineteenth-century Louisiana: the tale of a slave girl?s journey?emotional and physical?from captivity to freedom.
Susan Straight has been called ?a writer of exceptional gifts and grace? (Joyce Carol Oates). In A Million Nightingales she brings those gifts to bear on the story of Moinette, daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew. While her mother cares for the plantation linens, Moinette tends to the master?s daughter, which allows her to eavesdrop on lessons. She also learns that she is property, and at fourteen she is sold, separated from her mother without a chance to say goodbye. Heartbroken and terrified, and with a full understanding of what she will risk, Moinette begins almost immediately to prepare herself for the moment when she will escape.
It is Moinette?s own voice that we hear?bright, rhythmic, observant, and altogether captivating?as she describes her journey through a world of brutality, sexual violence, and loss. Quick to see the patterns of French, American, and African life play out around her, Moinette makes her way from sugarcane fields through mysterious bayous to the streets of Opelousas, where the true meaning of freedom emerges from the bonds of love.
An uncommonly rich novel, brimming with event and character, A Million Nightingales is a powerful confirmation of the remarkable novelist we have in Susan Straight.
A propos de l'auteur: Susan Straight is the author of five previous novels, including the best-selling I Been in Sorrow?s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots and Highwire Moon, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the California Book Award. She is a regular commentator for NPR, and her fiction and essays have appeared in Harper?s Magazine, The New York Times, The Nation, Salon, Zoetrope, McSweeney?s, and Best American Short Stories, among many other publications. She has received a Lannan Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Riverside, California, with her three daughters.
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