(Adult Narrative Fiction)
I really wanted to love this book. It had everything in it that destined it to be a favorite of mine--historical significance, a gripping storyline and a strong female character. And, I tried loving. Really, I did. I read the other reviews and kept hoping to fall in love with it the way that others apparently had.
But it just never happened. The historical significance was intriguing-a little known court case of Prigg v. Pennsylvania, whereby an evil slavetrader goes into a free state and captures a free black woman and her children, then returns with them further south. The potential was so ripe--I could only imagine how a young mother with three children would feel to go through with such an ordeal.
In the end, though, that's exactly what I had to do--imagine it. The author never made clear to me the obvious horror and hatred and fear this woman must have felt to see her children sold at a slave auction, to know she would never see her sons again. Most of her time in jail isn't even discussed. "Months later" just doesn't do the job for me here. There were much more that was left unsaid that really needed to be said. I never really understood the whole 'trick' she played with her new slave husband so she wouldn't get pregnant. I never really understood why her lawyers gave up so easily. I didn't understand why Jim, an acquaintance would rish his life to save her. I didn't understand much of what occurred on the slave planation.
Again, though, the other reviews are glowing so......it's worth a risk.