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Absalom's Daughters

(2016)
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Two half sisters, one black and one white, embark on a risky road trip through the 1950s Jim Crow South in this spellbinding story of identity and race.

Self-educated and brown skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother's laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for ''colored music'' and dreams of life as a big-city radio star. These teenaged girls are half sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father's inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes on a road trip together to claim what's rightly theirs.

In an old junker of a car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial striving and violence.

On one level, the story is an entertaining and quirky caper through a colorful historical landscape, but a deeper cut of the novel reveals its profound engagement with abiding issues of socioeconomic class, race, and identity politics in the uneasy mixed communities of a region haunted by a brutal history.

Like Thelma & Louise meets God Help the Child, Absalom's Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Suzanne Feldman
ISBN: 1-62779-453-0 / 978-1-62779-453-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

August 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Suzanne Feldman
ISBN: 1-250-13224-X / 978-1-250-13224-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Suzanne Feldman
ISBN: 1-5047-2372-4 / 978-1-5047-2372-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Suzanne Feldman
ISBN: 1-5047-2371-6 / 978-1-5047-2371-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
Author(s): Suzanne Feldman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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