House of Rougeaux
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I love family sagas, spanning years, even centuries, following characters and their descendants. In this novel, I followed this family from their roots as slaves from the island of Martinique in 1785, to Philadelphia in the 1940’s and 1960’s to Montreal in the 1880’s and 1920’s and also New York City. The part of the book that I liked the best was the first quarter of it, introducing us to Abeji and her brother Adundi and their mother Iya. Healing, spirits, seeing - the magi ...more
When I read the synopsis of House of Rougeaux, I knew I had to put it on my shelf. A multigenerational family saga beginning in Martinique up through present-day Canada? I was all in!
Abeje and Adunbi, sister and brother, open the story living and working as slaves on a Caribbean sugar plantation. Later on, after emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter, Hetty, finds her way to Quebec City and lives free. What follows is a family saga with multiple la ...more
This charming written historical novel begins in the 1700s on the Caribbean Island of Martinique with Abeje, a young female slave who passes excellent healing power, and her brother Adunbi. Although Abeje never had children of her own, her brother did. After hi ...more
After listening to the novel in its entirety I have to say that some of the characters stayed with me more than others. There ...more
First things first, this novel was incredibly well written. From the very start, the narrative draws you in and the words flow smoothly. I love it when a book is able to easily and quickly engage you, and this book definitely does that. The book centers on a black slave family and the joys and struggles they face throughout multiple generations. It begins with two children who are slaves on a sugar plantation and follows them ...more
The House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is the story of a family from it's enslaved African ancestor to mid-century America, touching on the African-American experience over time, including slavery, cannon fodder in wartime, and the victim of hate crimes, but also traces the inherent skills, intelligence, and resilience that crosses generations. The story skips through time and place (Martinique, Montreal, New York City) in a non-linear presentation, with some generational stories more compell ...more
Pub Date 24 Apr 2018
I received a complimentary cop of this book from Raincloud Press through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my ...more
– Strong beginning and ending
– Graceful handling of sensitive topics
– No graphic descriptions
– Easy characterization
– Gentle, comforting read
– Effortless, readable prose
– Some middle sections feel weak / disjointed
– Hard to feel attached to some characters
– Hard to keep track of the relations at times
House of Rougeaux was a wonderful story of a family spanning across the globe and across generations. The saga is non-linear, so it jumps around a bit. I had a hard time following in the beginning and there are quite a few cha ...more
Overall, I really li ...more
This is a family saga for the readers who love family sagas. You don't have a hero or heroine per se, you just have a family t ...more
I love history, and I feel like the author really did her homework when writing these amazing stories.
House of Rougeaux is a multi-generational historical fiction novel about a family. The story begins (the family’s history) in Martinique following two siblings, Abeje and Adunbi, in the late 1700s. From there, we see them grow from the tragic death of their mother and how it impacts the rest of their lives. Abeje has a gift for hearing and listening to others which plays a part in future generations. We see the novel transition fr ...more
Ayo/Hettie makes her way to Montreal as a teen, as the slave ...more
This is a well written novel that follows the generations of a family from the island of Martinique, to Canada and New York. The story begins with a mother and her young children, all slaves on a sugar cane plantation in Martinique. The young daughter learns to be a healer, and her story dominates the earliest part of the novel, as she grows and gains friends and enemies on the plantation. It is her niece who first immigrates to Canada ...more
I rather liked this approach. It's very much the way we learn our own family history, with this great aun ...more
Got a copy of this book from NetGalley.
There's always a reason why I pick a book, with very few exceptions. The reason for my picking this book goes against the saying, "Never judge a book by its cover." [Of course, the occasional turnarounds are obviously there.] But I liked what I saw on the cover and the blurb. So I requested a copy, not really thinking I'd actually be able to read it.
But now, I'm thankful I read it.
"House of Rougeaux" puts down a heaviness in the ...more