To call Leonard Pitts’ novel, Freeman, simply moving seems somehow inadequate. Yet it moved me from tears of joy to tears of anger, from disbelief to acknowledgment. At the core it’s an epic love story, not only of the love Sam Freeman has for Tilda; an enduring love that compels him to walk thousands of miles, but the love of family as newly freed slaves search for loved ones, and self love as black men and women struggle to define their humanity and take back the dignity stolen by years of degradation. I was engrossed from the first page, at times so invested in the lives Sam, Ben, Prudence, Bonnie and Tilda, I had to put the book aside, the anticipation too great.  Mr. Pitts so completely and vividly conveyed the setting that there were a couple of nights my dreams transported me  back to the Civil War- torn South. This novel was amazing. I love my public library but  this novel warrants a visit to Amazon and a place on my bookshelf.

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  1. As I purge my email inbox, I came across your email telling about this blog. I did not know you had a blog, so I will be visiting from time to time to see what you are writing and reading. Kudos to you on starting down this road! I see that one of your inspirational authors is J. California Cooper. I really enjoyed,\”In Search of Satisfaction.\” I like a novel with depth and breadth and a more complex storyline. Her writing is very rich in character and story development. I am also intrigued by your most recent posting. I will definitely have to check out this book.


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