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For a runaway slave in the 1840s south, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes a brutal Alabama plantation, leaving behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and taking refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amidst a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel’s dice tables all too often.

The product of Naomi and Jeremy’s union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come.

Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living—Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history.

Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

    Grace Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    Feb 11, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. It is 1838 and Naomi is a slave girl living on a plantation in Faunsdale, Alabama, until a terrifying incident...

  • Cheri
    May 18, 2017

    4.5 Stars “The peaceful valleyJust over the mountainThe peaceful valleyFew come to knowI may never get thereEver in this lifetimeBut sooner or laterIt's there I will goSooner or later.” Up to the ...

  • Mainlinebooker
    May 23, 2016

    Oh, I wish there was a rating above 5..Could I give this a 10? I loved, loved,loved this book. I have really enjoyed a lot of books recently but none that have pulled me in so deeply,made me care for ...

  • Anna
    Sep 23, 2016

    There's a blurb on the back of this novel from Rebecca Solnit that is absolutely appropriate for it: "People will compare this book to 'Twelve Years a Slave', 'Cold Mountain', and 'Beloved', and those...

  • Andre
    Jan 30, 2016

    Wow. Powerfully rendered. More to come............Wow. Wow. Superbly written and emotionally jarring. I can't say enough great things about this book. It is a novel that is definitely worth reading. T...

  • Jeanette
    Jun 01, 2017

    This is 3.5 star. The only reason I can't round it up was this. For me, I consistently was pulled out of the chronology of the story and narrator identity question to the point that I could not connot...

  • Michelle Turner
    Jan 06, 2017

    “Justice is getting what you deserve. And mercy is not getting the bad you deserve. Grace is getting a good thing, even when you don’t deserve it.” Grace is an emotionally gripping novel. Set i...

  • Nnenna
    Feb 05, 2017

    This book is excellent and I feel like there aren’t enough people talking about how good it is. The main character is Naomi, a slave in the South in the mid-1800s. The book begins with Naomi’s mur...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    Feb 10, 2017

    Gut wrenchingly emotional and beautifully written. Deon has blown me away. Review to come....

  • Jamie Schaffner
    Apr 03, 2016

    I binge read Grace. Couldn't stop reading late into the night. One more chapter, I kept saying to myself and didn't turn off the light and go to bed. From the first few pages until the end—and what ...