Grace: A Novel
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Grace: A Novel


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 the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she must leave behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and take 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. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.

Title:Grace: A Novel
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

    Grace: A Novel Reviews

  • Mainlinebooker
    Jun 21, 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 ...

  • Andre
    Jul 10, 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...

  • Anna
    Sep 24, 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...

  • Jamie Schaffner
    Jun 28, 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 ...

  • Donna Lewis
    Jul 30, 2016

    Yes, this is a book about slavery, about the south, leading up to and through the Civil War, but it is more about the enduring spirit of women, especially the bond between mothers and daughters. The r...

  • Pam
    Jul 30, 2016

    What to say? I had to read "Grace: A Novel" in one sitting. Not only because I couldn't put it down, but because the characters couldn't put their lives down and I felt like I had to stay with them un...

  • Marquette
    Jul 05, 2016

    Worth way more than 5 stars. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

  • Laurene
    Sep 09, 2016

    Just WOW! One of those "what did I just read". And this is a debut novel. Incredible Sometimes a book stays with me for a while. And this is why. "If I could talk to Josey, I'd tell her to always enj...

  • Sarah Boldt
    Jul 08, 2016

    Thoughtful. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Rare. This book made me feel things a book hasn't made me feel in a long time. The symmetry between mother and daughter is masterful and suspenseful. Overall a si...

  • Sherri
    Jul 06, 2016

    This book is AMAZING. I don't even know where to begin. I had all the feels with this one. Incredible writing - hard to believe this is a debut novel. ...