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From the author of Black Ice. 1855: When a Virginia planter makes a stop in Philadelphia on his way to an ambassadorship in Nicaragua with his favorite slave, Ginnie, and two of her children, Ginnie falls in with members of the local Vigilance Committee, who manage to free her. But Ginnie soon learns that freedom is no less treacherous than slavery and faces a whole new set of compromising positions.
-- Fernanda Eberstadt, The New York Times Book Review
"Cary's exacting sensual description does more than lend credibility to her portrait of the age. It imparts to her writing an undercurrent of searching perception, and a fastidious element of psychological complexity." -- David Barber, Boston Globe
"A profoundly moving, evocative work that puts a fully realized human face on the issue of slavery and its consequences. Cary's passionate, intelligent prose and her assured command of historical events as they sweep across individual lives recall Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. The Price of a Child marks the emergence of a powerful voice in American fiction."
-- Paula L. Woods, Philadelphia Inquirer
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted August 9, 2001
A powerful novel that deals with the struggle of an individual as she grapples with the truth and lies about being free in pre-civil war times in Philadelphia. The personal cost of freedom as well as the perimeters of freedom are etched in reality in this compelling work. Unforgettable.
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