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Freeman

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam-a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army-decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind fifteen years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged." At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer. The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father's dying wish. At bottom, Freeman is a love story-sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient-about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some one hundred and forty-five years after the official end of the Civil War. Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise-and the terror-of their new status as free m

Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam-a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army-decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind fifteen years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged." At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer. The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father's dying wish. At bottom, Freeman is a love story-sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient-about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some one hundred and forty-five years after the official end of the Civil War. Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise-and the terror-of their new status as free m
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Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam-a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army-decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind fifteen years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged." At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer. The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father's dying wish. At bottom, Freeman is a love story-sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient-about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some one hundred and forty-five years after the official end of the Civil War. Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise-and the terror-of their new status as free m

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Crisden

Length:

15h 48m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

34:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

32:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

41:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

18:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

18:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

23:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

28:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

13:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

11:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:43