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445 pages, Hardcover
First published September 17, 2013
The things my brother and I don't say could pave over the Atlantic Ocean.I am a huge fan of Faye's prose style as well, but I can see how some readers might be put off as at times it does flirt with superfluous and 'purple'. But I lick all that historical detail up as if it were buttercream icing and it is a marvel to me how she can write about the most despicable, tragic things in such a beautiful, luscious way.
Overwhelming evidence indicates that the practice of kidnapping free blacks for the purpose of selling them as alleged slaves was common, systematized, and almost entirely overlooked by courts and law enforcement.”
This city plays with its residents a mortal game of musical chairs... There is simply not enough here. Not enough work, enough food, enough walls with roofs topping them. ...there aren’t enough chairs for the tens of thousands tearing their way into the parlor for a try. And if only one seat out of a dozen is marked FOR COLOREDS, and that identical seat is the only one marked FOR IRISH... Then it’s a question of who pitches whom on the hardwood first.”