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Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam—a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army—decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind fifteen years earlier on...

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Overview

Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam—a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army—decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind fifteen years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged."

At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer.

The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father's dying wish.

At bottom, Freeman is a love story—sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient—about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some one hundred and forty-five years after the official end of the Civil War. Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise—and the terror—of their new status as free men and women.

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"In lyrical prose, Pitts unflinchingly and movingly portrays the period's cruelties, and triumphs in capturing the spirit of the times through eminently-identifiable lead characters." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452639895
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Pitts, Jr., is an award-winning columnist and the author of the novel Before I Forget; the collection Forward From this Moment: Selected Columns, 1994–2009, and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.

Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has recorded audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games and appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Outstanding

    Though my reading preferences vary, historical fiction such as this, that engages you from the very first chapter and doesn't let you go, is amoung my favorites. This is a view of African-Americans, and of a culture of the south after the civil war that is portrayed with empathy, and with an understanding I've not read before. This novel fills you with emotion, and makes you sad that it ends.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    One of the best books of 2012!

    Freeman is the story of Sam, a runaway slave, who upon the ending of the Civil War walks from Philadelphia to Mississippi to reunite with his true love, Tilda. Tilda is currently being marched across state lines from Mississippi by her owner who refuses to accept emancipation. Prudence is a young white woman from Boston who wants to start a school for freed colored people in Mississippi. Pitts is realistic, intricate, and thorough in this novel. I enjoyed every page. As a fan of historic fiction, I was pleased. I highly recommend it!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Great book

    Loved this book. It will take you back after the civil ear ended. You will feel like you are on a journey with two of the "freed" slaves. It will bring tears to your eyes. I couldn't put it down after I started.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    A Wonderful Read!

    From the very first page this book drew me in and even after ending, it's still in my thoughts. It is such a rich story of fiction but it pulls at our nations conscience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Highly recommended

    One of the best books I have read in years. You really get drawn into the story and into the lives of the main characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    This book was outstanding in every respect. I envy the experienc

    This book was outstanding in every respect. I envy the experience those of you who have not read it are going to have when you sit down with one of the best books I have ever read!
    An Avid Reader

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    BRILLIANT!! Leonard Pitts, Jr's story "Freeman" is BR

    BRILLIANT!!

    Leonard Pitts, Jr's story "Freeman" is BRILLIANT and one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read!  The characters are rich within the tapestry woven for them, blended to transfix you, and stitched together during a most tumultuous time in our history.  I truly believe that this novel should be listed as an "American Classic".

    The lives of the slaves after the Civil War, in someways was just as cruel as slavery.  Being "free" came with a high cost to many, with no where to go, no money and  continued cruelty from the white community. Many slave owners refused to admit defeat to the North and continued treating their slaves as property instead of as human beings.  There were many families that had been broken apart and having very few clues as to their location began searching for their loved ones, with often terrifying results.

    Emotional and riveting "Freeman" is a true masterpiece.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    What a journy.....Excellent read

    I am a fan of historical fiction especially focusing on the civil war or the black experience. This story is quit compelling, heartfelt, and sad. Its an emotional roller coastor. A journey that takes a thousand miles, perserverence and faith.....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    I am not a Black person, but I loved this book. I felt the pain

    I am not a Black person, but I loved this book. I felt the pain of both cultures in their struggle to change.
    This novel touched me to the very core of my being---how easy it is to forget what the slaves had to go through both then and now. How easy it is to blame stagnation on what happened centuries ago.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

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    I highly recommend this book

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a beautifully written story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Great book

    Couldnt stop reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Excellent Historical Novel

    It is an excellent book and it shows the horrors that came out of slavery . If you like historic fiction you'll love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Wonderful, moving  story with twists and turns

    Wonderful, moving  story with twists and turns

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Highly recommended

    About life & bigotry after the end of the Civil War. Down to earth & real. Not slanted, just life as it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It

    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. It gives you pause on how everyone's life has a purpose. Mr. Pitts has expertly written an historical novel that has modern ties. I think we still live in a time were African Americans are still thought of as less and judged purely by the color of their skin. The novel has spoken some truths about what it means to be African American in the United States (past and present) and I will forever be changed by it. Thank you Mr. Pitts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Heart wrenching read!

    Freeman grabs you from the beginning and holds on long after you put it down. Mr. Pitts tells of Lincoln's assassination from the slave's perspective and shows the chaos and turmoil of the time, described in vivid detail. When I rounded the corner on the last pages, I felt like I was leaving behind friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    OMG!

    I loved loved loved this story.........
    I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    One of the BEST!!!

    If you read "HELP". This is a MUST READ. I'd give it 10 stars!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    A Must Read!

    This book was amazing! It should be made into a movie. The characters were very well developed! It took a chapter or so to really get good, but it is worth it. I could not put this book down! Every chance I got to read it-I was reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Captivating!

    Didn't want to put this book down. A must read for those that love history and a good story.

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