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Sweetsmoke

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages through the South. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything--punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life--to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman, a woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life. It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war. No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to escape the plantation and avenge her loss.

As Cassius seeks answers about Emoline's murder, he finds an unexpected friend and ally in Quashee, a new woman brought over from another plantation; and a formidable adversary in Hoke Howard, the master he has always obeyed.

With subtlety and beauty, Sweetsmoke captures the daily indignities and harrowing losses suffered by slaves, the turmoil of a country waging countless wars within its own borders, and the lives of those people fighting for identity, for salvation, and for freedom.

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"With Sweetsmoke, David Fuller gives an extraordinarily nuanced, privileged, and convincing view of the world of slavery during the American Civil War, and of the hearts and minds of the men and women who had to live in that world." - Madison Smartt Bell

"Sweetsmoke is a fascinating and gripping novel about the Civil War. The slave, Cassius Howard, is a great fictional character, and his story is part mystery, part love story, and a harrowing portrait of slavery that reads with the immense power of the slave narratives. A tour de force for David Fuller." - Pat Conroy

"David Fuller vividly and movingly describes the life of Cassius, a slave on a Virginia tobacco plantation. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Sweetsmoke resonates with unforgettable characters and is a gripping story of loss and survival." - Robert Hicks


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January 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sweetsmoke (Basic)
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 1-4104-1184-2 / 978-1-4104-1184-6 (USA edition)
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September 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sweetsmoke
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ISBN: 1-4013-2331-6 / 978-1-4013-2331-8 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sweetsmoke
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ISBN: 0-349-12153-2 / 978-0-349-12153-6 (UK edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sweetsmoke
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 1-4013-1005-2 / 978-1-4013-1005-9 (USA edition)
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sweetsmoke
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 0-349-12155-9 / 978-0-349-12155-0 (UK edition)
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March 2009 : UK Paperback

Title: Sweetsmoke
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 0-349-12152-4 / 978-0-349-12152-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sweetsmoke (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 1-4084-2806-7 / 978-1-4084-2806-1 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sweetsmoke
Author(s): David Fuller
Publisher: Recorded Books
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November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sweetsmoke
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2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Sweet Smoke
Author(s): David Fuller
ISBN: 1-4361-5561-4 / 978-1-4361-5561-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Sweetsmoke
Author(s): David Fuller
Publisher: Hachette Books
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