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The Price Of A Child

(1995)
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An intimate, gripping novel of the antebellum Underground Railroad, based on the true story of a valiant Philadelphia freedwoman -- the first novel we have had from the author of Black Ice, the "stunning memoir" (New York Times) of a black student's experience at a New England prep school in the 1970S.

The Price of a Child opens in the fall of 1855. A Virginia planter is on his way to assume a diplomatic post in Nicaragua, accompanied by his cook, Ginnie, and two of her children (one of whom is his). Temporarily stranded in Philadelphia when they miss their steamboat, Ginnie makes a thrilling leap of the imagination: it is the moment she has been desperately waiting for, the moment she decides to be free. In broad daylight, under the furious gaze of her master, she walks straight out of slavery into a new life -- and into a whole new set of compromising positions. We follow Ginnie as she settles with a respectable and rambunctious black family, as she reinvents herself, christens herself Mercer Gray, dodges slave catchers, lectures far and wide in the cause of abolition, and falls in love with a man whose own ties are a formidable barrier to their happiness. And we see her agonizing all the while about the baby boy she had to leave behind on the plantation, whom she is determined to rescue.

In a remarkable feat of historical empathy, Lorene Cary has created an authentic American heroine -- a woman who finds voice for the appalling loss and bitterness of her past, and who creates within herself a new humanity and an uncompromising freedom.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Price of a Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary
ISBN: 1-4395-0825-9 / 978-1-4395-0825-1 (USA edition)
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April 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: The Price Of A Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary
ISBN: 0-517-17391-3 / 978-0-517-17391-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Price of a Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary, Lorene Carey
ISBN: 1-4177-1883-8 / 978-1-4177-1883-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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Paperback Editions

June 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: The Price of a Child: A Novel
Author(s): Lorene Cary
ISBN: 0-679-74467-3 / 978-0-679-74467-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 1995 : USA Paperback
Title: The Price of a Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary
ISBN: 0-679-42106-8 / 978-0-679-42106-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Audio Editions

December 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Price of a Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2003 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Price of a Child
Author(s): LORENE CARY
ISBN: 1-4025-4604-1 / 978-1-4025-4604-4 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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1996 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Price of A Child
Author(s): Lorene Cary
ISBN: 1-4193-2040-8 / 978-1-4193-2040-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Price of a Child: A Novel
Author(s): Lorene Cary
Publisher: Vintage
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