Absalom's Daughters

Absalom's Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2016
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A spellbinding debut about half sisters, one black and one white, on a 1950s road trip through the American South

Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother's laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for "colored music" and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father's inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what's rightly theirs.

In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial strife and violence. Suzanne Feldman's Absalom's Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627794534
1627794530
Branch Call Number: FIC FELDMAN 2016
Characteristics: 253 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 17, 2016

Cute story. Easy to read in a day. I enjoyed Judith and Cassie's adventure. Loved the southern dialect. Although it takes place in the 1950's south, racial tension is present but takes a backseat to the main theme of the sisters' journey. Written in a very easy-to-read manner that's engaging and entertaining with a little touch of magic.

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