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Song Yet Sung by James McBride
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: another-time-and-place
Read from March 30 to April 04, 2012

I absolutely flew through this once I started it. The suspense and intrigue continues to build and grow against the backdrop of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1850s, a world all its own. This is not the South and this is not the North – it’s someplace in between. McBride brings out the true feelings and emotions of slaves and free blacks; the reader sees the world from their perspective. This novel is full of colorful characters, from Liz Spocott the Dreamer to Patty Cannon the slave catcher. Their individual stories intertwine and collide in increasingly violent ways. This is a mysterious and enchanting book, full of surprising insights and hope in an unseen future.

Favorite quotes: “I just thank God I ain’t born tomorrow. Ain’t no freedom in it.” – Liz Spocott

“Being decent ain’t got nothing to do with today or tomorrow. It’s either in you or it ain’t.” – Amber

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