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The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
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Apr 13, 2012

it was amazing

I really liked this tale. A young girl, Sophie Fairchild Martineau, who is visiting her aunt at the now-shabby site of the once-prominent family's plantation, meets a mysterious creature who transports her back in time to the antebellum south, where she takes on the persona of the slave love-child of one Robert Fairchild - her ancestor! The plot is neatly put together - the creature needs Sophie to fill an historic role - but the details of life on a plantation as a young slave girl are what made the book engrossing for me. It wasn't the inhumanity of the slave-master relationship - we're all familiar with that, although The Freedom Maze did bring it to life - but the humanity of the slaves as they made do and managed their withering oppression with irony, gallows-humor and plain courage and grit.

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