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Home Across the Road

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Two families of the Roseberry Plantation--ones who lived there, ones who worked there--are featured in a riveting, haunting drama about their lives.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 25th 2002 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published 1999)
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This story talks of two families, one the white Reeds who were the owner‘s of the Plantation and the Black Reeds were their slaves and were finally freed. This black family continued working for the white Reeds after their freedom. The Black Reeds was able to purchase land and built a home. The story is told by China Redd from her experience of working with the plantation owners. Her son was accused of stealing a pair of earrings from the plantation’s wife and they sold him away from his family. ...more
Tom Franklin
home across the road is a story across several generations of white land and slave owners and the slaves, freed slaves and their decedents whose lives remain intertwined. it's also a story about personalities, relationships, deep connections to the past, of loss, of the hidden/given meanings of objects and of the difficulties of escaping the life you're surrounded by.

just as important to this book is peacock's writing. the voice of the book is lyrical; it's a storyteller's voice on a cool summer
Douglas Armstrong
A bit too stylized to suit me, this book by a white author told from a southern black perspective (spanning the years from the slave south to the civil rights era for two interlocked families - one white, one black) is a captivating tale.
A beautifully written book about the White Redds and the Black Redds, 100 years of family history on a southern plantation. It's a book about superstitions, relationships and slavery, with a little magic thrown in. I loved Peacock's writing: "When Abolene Redd packed her bags for the move to Chatham County, she folded up her grief the same as she folded her T-shirts and underwear and dresses and jeans. She layered it below her clothes and she layered it on top. She smoothed her hands across it t ...more
A good story about two families...the white Redds and the black Redds from 1861 to 1971
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A story of the White Redds and the Black Redds. The White Redds lived in the big house and the Black Redds, of course, worked for the Whites and lived in the nearby shack. The story centers on a pair of Lady's earrings. I thought the writing was excellent and the story sad. It is a worthwhile read.........mgc
A quick read (I read it in about a day) the power of this story is more in the way it's told than the actual story line. The author gently weaves the tale from multiple perspectives in such an interesting way, from a perspective of craft I was really impressed.
The poetic prose carries the reader -- effortlessly, the current of the prose carried me through the interwoven stories of two families -- through generations. I read this book in two days, which is so unusual for me.
Wow - this was a great read!

This book tells the stories of what happens around a Southern plantation throughout the years to the Redds - both the white and the black branch.

Well crafted and easy to fall into.
De Lynn  Wideman
This was an excellent book. The public library where I live referred it as a must read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
REad for a class project. Great multi-generational story.
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