A Long Way From HomeBook - 1999
A sweeping historical novel details three generations of slaves, from Susan and her daughter Clara to Clara's daughter whose father is never revealed, all of whom work on the plantation of President James Madison and his wife Dolley, in an intricately woven tapestry of love, courage, and determination. Reprint.
Spanning more than sixty years, A Long Way from Home is the story of Susie; her daughter, Clara; and her granddaughter, Susan--house slaves born and reared at Montpelier, the Virginia plantation of President James Madison. Proud and intelligent, these women are united by love, fierce devotion, and a desire for freedom that grows stronger year by year.
A Long Way from Home vividly re-creates Southern life and the ambivalent, shifting relationships on both sides of the color divide, from the cruelty and insidious benevolence of white owners to the deep yearnings and complex emotions of the slaves themselves. It is an unforgettable story that pays homage to the African-American experience and to the ancestors whose lives and histories are indelibly entwined with our own.
Relates the story of three generations of slaves, from Susan and her daughter Clara to Clara's daughter, whose father is never revealed, all of whom work on the plantation of President James Madison and his wife Dolley.