The Loom

The Loom

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by Shella Gillus
     
 

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Lydia knew her fate. Like every other slave on the Maryland plantation, her life would end at the loom...

Throughout the pre-Civil War South, older slaves too worn out for anything else worked daily in the plantation's loom room, weaving and creating cloth for their families. Tucked away out of sight and forgotten by most everyone, the wisdom and hard-won

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Lydia knew her fate. Like every other slave on the Maryland plantation, her life would end at the loom...

Throughout the pre-Civil War South, older slaves too worn out for anything else worked daily in the plantation's loom room, weaving and creating cloth for their families. Tucked away out of sight and forgotten by most everyone, the wisdom and hard-won experience of these slaves were often overlooked. But Lydia, a light-skinned house slave, listens to their words and dreams of a better life.

When running away leads to her recapture, Lydia discovers that with her pale skin, the right clothing, and pretense, she can walk into a world of freedom and wealth she has only dreamed of.

But Lydia struggles to leave behind the man she loves and the culture of a world in which she belongs. Drawing on the wise community in the plantation's loom room, Lydia chases freedom in a way no one ever expected and finds that she ultimately must choose between the love she has and the life she doesn't.

The Loom is a colorful tale of love linked to a lie and the discovery that life is not always black or white.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824945695
Publisher:
Guideposts
Publication date:
12/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
241
Sales rank:
660,965
File size:
598 KB

Meet the Author

SHELLA GILLUS Shella Gillus received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and earned her Screen Actor’s Guild card while working in the film industry in Los Angeles. She has been crowned Miss Black Heritage and 1st runner-up, Miss Black Arizona, and has done national media. The Loom is her fiction debut. She lives with her husband, Stacey, and their two children in Dallas

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The Loom 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, good love story but the overview of the book is wrong. There is no seven-year old child named sadie ever mentioned in this book and Jackson and Lydia never get married. Looks like the book changed last minute and Barners & Noble was never told. Reported this to customer support. Overall the book I read was still very Good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!! I recall as a child hearing of relatives that 'passed', because they wanted an education or a better life for their loved ones. We didn't blame them, because we understood, but like Lydia they were tortured and torn between the persuit of freedom, and being true to their race. There is still work to be done regarding race relations, but it's a far cry from having to 'pass' to be free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was about choices and how the choices made can affect lives in unexpected ways. Slave owners had the power of life or death over those they owned. Something as simple as a smile at a white woman or a shared laugh could cause a black man's death. With no more consequences than swattting a misquito would. The Loom, got its name from a room where old slaves , no longer able to work at hard labor, were sent to die. The old slaves had to work on a loom weaving cloth, sleeping, eating, never leaving and dying there. A light skinned slave girl decides to pass for white and runs away from her cruel owner, after being beaten and seeing her father killed. The ensueing events are often sad and frustrating. This is not light hearted fare. Reading this book made me feel unsettled and very sad.
nite-owlCP More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It isn't like the write up for the book, but the book more than made up for the difference. You will find a beautiful love story that lasts through trouble. Lydia and John's road to freedom leads them on a long and troubled journey. You will find all the emotions, love, joy, fear, hatred, and more. This was a sad time in our nation and this reflects the life of the slaves and the slave owners, the good and the bad. It was a little hard to follow at first, but the book is well worth the read. I'm going to reread it again. I hope they there will be a series coming from this book. Don't miss out on this book, it will make a good summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to follow. Skips around a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great novel and on my schools reading list!
NookReader75 More than 1 year ago
I finished reading The Loom last night and can not stop thinking about it! Mrs. Gillus is an incredibly gifted writer and I can't wait to read more books by her. From the first sentence she had me and took me on an incredible journey as Lydia. I learned things I didn't know and felt so deeply for each of the characters I was introduced to! My heart raced, it danced, it wept, and it sung a song that I can't get out of my head. Her words were so vivid, I felt like I was there. I really didn't want the story to end at all! Right now images of Lydia and John are lingering in my mind with thoughts of Jackson haunting me. I definitely will recommend this book to any and everyone that I know! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. I enjoyed the book but rated with 3stars because some things were a bit unbelievable to me. I appreciate the way these slaves spoke but it did not seem real. The plight of a house slave running away from her plantation and no eyebrows are raised, did not seem real. I thought Lou was a gem! And I really enjoyed the love story of John and Lydia SDCexy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know the exact reason this story was such a struggle to get through. I felt it had such good possabilities but it just never got there.
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I would recomend this book to.everyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book but think it would have been better if it had followed the synopsis overview. I understood the story better after reading the author's notes. The book presented parts of history that I did not know and had never thought about.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be well written but too unrealistic. The writing felt very choppy. Shella has the potential to be a wonderful author with the help of a really good editor.
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Slow read.
JCM523 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. We read it for our Book Club and I'm thankful to the person who suggested it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shella Gillus is a very descriptive author, however at times she jumps a bit and I found the story a little hard to follow.
NJG More than 1 year ago
This is a good book but different from the description.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an awesome story about love, deciet, trials and disappointment. It is amazing the lengths one goes though to fight for their's hearts desire. I hope to see more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. It is a very touching love story. Makes you not want to wish for what you dont already have!
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