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The River Where Blood Is Born (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
This astonishing novel takes us on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course across two centuries and three continents, from ancient Africa into today's America. Here, through the lives of Mother Africa's many daughters, we come to understand the real meaning of roots: the captive Proud Mary, who has been savagely punished for refusing to relinqui ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 18th 1998 by One World/Ballantine
(first published September 8th 1997)
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Following nine generations of women from Africa, through the slave triangle, into the US and civil rights movements, and back to Africa, The River Where Blood is Born is ambitious, if nothing else. Jackson-Opoku takes the reader from the gateway to the afterlife, to the deep African bush, to the underground railroad through the enslaved American South, to cosmopolitan 1920's Montreal, to the West Side of Chicago, and through many more times and places. She executes this with grace on account of ...more
I think Sandra Jackson-Opoku is a goddess on earth. I love the way she tells stories; her book, Hot Johnny, is one of my absolute favorite books. The River Where Blood is Born spins like a web; it is meticulously written, all if the pieces coming together slowly. That is actually why I rated this book only 3. The characters were well developed, but the book took a couple of left turns that I felt unnecessary and not contributory to the overall story.
I read this for a book club I recently joined. It was a pretty intricate story, and it was hard to follow at times. This is one that will need a reread for sure; following nine generations of women is a pretty big task and I think she may have needed to expand the story to better explain the characters. My advice for this book is study the family tree in the beginning of the book, that helped me some.
I read this book about 5 or more years ago and wished i would not have loaned it out! So stirring, it spoke to some of my hidden beliefs about ancestors guiding us thru life. Story line was tough to follow at times but it was an excellent read. I had forgotten about the author and hope that this book has a sequel or something similar! Excellent