A Free State

A Free State

A Novel

Book - 2015
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This novel is set in 1855, when Blackface minstrels are the most popular form of entertainment in a nation about to be torn apart by the battle over slavery. Henry Sims, a fugitive slave and a brilliant musician, has escaped to Philadelphia. He befriends James Douglass, leader of the Virginia Harmonists, a minstrel troup. A Free State is both a riveting chase novel and a searing parable of liberty and its costs. Charged with narrative tension and unforgettable characters, it is a thrilling work by a novelist at the height of his powers--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062284129
Branch Call Number: Fiction Piazza
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 22, 2017

A simple and, unfortunately, forgettable table of an escaped African-American slave who joins a minstrel show.


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