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A Tangled Mercy

(2017)
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A haunting and redemptive novel inspired by the heartbreaking true events that occurred at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, A Tangled Mercy examines the horrifying depths of human brutality and our enduring hope for forgiveness.

After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture—and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academia. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt—the subject of her mother’s own research.

Nearly two centuries earlier, Tom Russell, a gifted blacksmith and slave, grappled with a terrible choice: arm the uprising spearheaded by members of the fiercely independent African Methodist Episcopal Church or keep his own neck out of the noose and protect the woman he loves.

Kate’s attempts to discover what drove her mother’s dangerous obsession with Charleston’s tumultuous history are derailed by a horrific massacre in the very same landmark church. In the unimaginable aftermath, Kate discovers a family she never knew existed as the city unites with a powerful message of hope and forgiveness for the world.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Tangled Mercy is an incredibly compelling and meticulously researched historical novel that will have you thinking about it long after you turn the last page. The dual narrative interweaves the story of Harvard grad student Kate Drayton’s journey to Charleston, South Carolina, to find answers about her deceased mother’s troubled past, with the little known but fascinating story of the Charleston slave uprising of 1822. It is a powerful and culturally relevant tale that should be on everyone’s must-read list this year." - Jane Healey

"Jordan-Lake brings us the aroma, taste, and view of Charleston as vividly as if we stood in the middle of the scene. The depth of emotion and veracity of the story sets this novel apart, as it brings a lost and critical piece of southern history to light. [It] is about the important things in our life - how art undoes our chaos; how history is part of our present; and how defiant love and forgiveness conquer hatred and bigotry." - Patti Callahan Henry

"A must-read novel for today. Weaving the story of a slave uprising in 1822 Charleston with one set during the 2015 massacre at Charleston’s AME Church, A Tangled Mercy reminds us of yesterday’s atrocities and today’s ongoing racial travesties. Throughout the novel, author Joy Jordan-Lake offers readers compelling characters, evocative writing, and an engrossing and appalling look at time past and time present." - M K Tod


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November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
Author(s): Joy Jordan-Lake
ISBN: 1-5039-4673-8 / 978-1-5039-4673-6 (USA edition)
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November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
Author(s): Joy Jordan-Lake
ISBN: 1-4778-2366-2 / 978-1-4778-2366-8 (USA edition)
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November 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
Author(s): Joy Jordan-Lake
ISBN: 1-5366-5621-6 / 978-1-5366-5621-3 (USA edition)
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
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Title: A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
Author(s): Joy Jordan-Lake
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
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