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A Kind of Freedom

A Kind of Freedom

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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An ABA Summer/Fall 2017 Indies Introduce Selection A SIBA Summer 2017 Okra Pick "... [T]his emotionally wrenching, character-rich debut spans three generations in a city deeply impacted by segregation, economic inequality, and racial tensions... Sexton's narrative navigates complex topics with an adroit sensitivity that lends sympathy to each character's realistic, if occasionally self-destructive, motivations. Being able to capture 70 years of New Orleans history and the emotional changes in one family in such a short book is a testament to Sexton's powers of descriptive restraint. In this fine debut, each generation comes with new possibilities and deferred dreams blossoming with the hope that this time, finally, those dreams may come to fruition." —Publishers Weekly, starred review Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over—until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781640090026
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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A powerful debut about the legacy of racism, love, addiction and redemption spanning three generations of a Creole family in New Orleans.

A powerful debut about the legacy of racism, love, addiction and redemption spanning three generations of a Creole family in New Orleans.

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IndyPL_KimE Dec 21, 2019

This book covers three generations of an African American family in New Orleans. The theme of this book is hope. The family faces systemic oppression through cycles of discrimination, poverty, drug abuse, and imprisonment. "Freedom" is a theme meandering throughout the different generations in varying ways. Margaret Wilkerson Sexton allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the type of freedom the generations gain.

Jun 19, 2018

Following the lives of two black sisters in New Orleans, the novel tells of story of race, of hope, of despair as we watch the two sisters age, their children become mothers, and the grandchildren growing up. It was sad, and yet, at the end I had a feeling of hope.

Aug 14, 2017

Have zoomed through this fantastic debut. Telling the story of three generations in one family, the author switches back and forth between timelines (1940s, 1980s, 2010s) which may be distracting to readers who prefer a linear narrative. However, I felt that the timelines were well done and enhanced a sense of understanding/perspective for the characters over time. This is an important read that addresses racial macro and microaggressions, systemic racism, and generational poverty. I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and emotional.


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