By Susan Straight
From nationwide e-book Award finalist Susan immediately comes a haunting old novel a few Louisiana slave girl's perilous trip to freedom.Daughter of an African mom and a white father she by no means knew, Moinette is a home maid on a plantation south of recent Orleans. At fourteen she is offered, separated from her mom and not using a probability to assert see you later. vibrant, inventive and good conscious of every thing she hazards, Moinette right away starts to arrange for a chance to flee. encouraged by way of a real tale, A Million Nightingales portrays Moinette’s experience–and the treacherous international she needs to navigate–with unusual richness, intricacy, and drama.
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With the life insurance, she had bought us a farm fifty miles west of the city line. Who would be there to care if I was her flesh and blood son or not? But she had her plans and was looking ahead. I had no plans. I had never had plans—just the inkling of something, sometimes, I didn’t know what. I hunched over and went down the stairs with the second trunk wrapped to my back with a rope. Outside, at the foot of the stoop, the children were waiting with their scraped knees and socks around their ankles.
He sleeps at the hotel in La Ville. How could you know that? Mama said. I know from the guest book in the La Ville hotel where I find his signature, Henry Lundgren said. MAMA SAID, All right, Earle, we’ve got a lot more work to do before we get out of here. We’re leaving? What is today, Monday. I want to be on the road Thursday the latest. I thought with the inquest matter back there we were okay at least to the spring. This business of a brother pushes things up a bit. I am ready to leave. I know you are.
Anyone could find the strip by seeing where the night sky was lit up. I decided on Fortunato’s. The lady dealers, with their little black bow ties and white shirts and black vests and ass-tight slacks, were the one bit of class. Bells ringing, someone singing with a karaoke, the usual din of losers. A cheap mob place trying to be Vegas with an understocked bar and slots from yesteryear. It smelled, too, like there was a stable or a cow barn out back. In the men’s room, where the floor was all wet and some drunk had lost it, I carefully combed my hair.
A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight