Shadow of a Quarter Moon

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From the author of Promise Bridge comes a powerful novel of the pre-Civil War era South and the Underground Railroad.

1839, North Carolina. As the daughter of a plantation owner, Jacy has been raised in privilege- until she discovers that she's the offspring of a dalliance between her father and a slave. The revelation destroys Jacy's sense of who she is and where she belongs in the world. Equally shocking, her biological mother and brother are still slaves on the property. As ...

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Overview

From the author of Promise Bridge comes a powerful novel of the pre-Civil War era South and the Underground Railroad.

1839, North Carolina. As the daughter of a plantation owner, Jacy has been raised in privilege- until she discovers that she's the offspring of a dalliance between her father and a slave. The revelation destroys Jacy's sense of who she is and where she belongs in the world. Equally shocking, her biological mother and brother are still slaves on the property. As she gets to know them-and the handsome horse trainer, Rafe-she begins to see life in the South with fresh eyes. And soon Jacy will have to make a treacherous journey that she hopes will end in freedom for them all...

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Jacy Lane, the daughter of a wealthy slave owner in North Carolina, is engaged to a brutish man, Garrison Yob, who uses her viciously when her parents aren't looking. When her father casts Garrison out, he takes revenge, and Jacy's father dies in a mysterious accident. Upon his death, Jacy's mother reveals that Jacy is actually the daughter of a slave. Her "mother" wants to force through the marriage anyway, but Jacy rebels, helping her real mother Jerlinda, slave half-brother Axel, and her beloved Rafe to freedom. However, Jacy soon realizes what she has avoided by living as a white woman. Jacy's transformation from spoiled white girl to self-actualized woman is a fascinating arc, though Jacy's "mother" and Garrison verge on caricature and the antebellum South is presented in broad strokes. Overall a strong novel, with compelling characters in Axel, Rafe, and especially Jelinda. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451233288
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,271,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Long intrigued by this transitional period in history, Eileen Clymer Schwab was inspired by the countless stories of courageous people who sought freedom and by those who joined together to aid them on the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Excellent!

    Amazing book. Excellent writing! Not many books make it onto my five star shelf.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    love it.

    i absolutely loved this novel. in the past i have read novels in where i quickly lose interest but not this one. this novel is truely a page turner.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

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    Intriguing, well written, definite adventure!

    Review by Amie Lou:

    Jacy Lane has what most would consider a near perfect life, but after her father's unexpected death, it takes a sharp turn for the worse. Everything Jacy thought she knew about her father, her life, and her very being gets thrown up into the air with her desperaely trying to catch the peices. After discovering her mother is a slave and not the woman who raised her, several issues in Jacy's life click into place, but several more rise up. Jacy must make the hard decision to free her biological family and her new love interest from their bondage. Jacy is reluctant to see them go and decides shortly after to follow. But her path differs greatly from theirs as she flees to the North after them. She tries to sail north on a lighter boat, is almost caught by her ex-fiance, flees into the swamp, is accosted there, trapped by a slave hunter, turned over for bounty, whipped and much more. I feel Ms. Schwab is attempting to show the plight of all through a single journey, but it is almost a little much as one thing after another happens to Jacy with a speed that is nearly dizzying.

    However, the book is intriguing, well written, and a definite adventure. The research is accurate and thorough, lending an authentic air to Jacy and those around her. I felt for Jacy as she struggled to find her way when all was lost. She doesn't belong with the whites or the blacks. But must instead determine who she is among both. You'll find yourself holding your breath in hopes that Jacy can make a new life for herself and those she loves in a world she doesn't understand.

    Favorite Quote: "Ugly comes in all shades, Jacy. Don't pay her no mind."

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Powerful story

    The date is 1839, in North Carolina before the start of the Civil War. Jacy Lane is the daughter of Bradford Lane, a rich North Carolina horse breeder and the apple of her father's eye. Her mother Claudia, however is another story all together. Jacy remembers the first words her mother uttered, as she pulled on Jacy's hair: "Jacy Lane, you are nothing more than a foolish quarter moon!" Jacy always felt her mother's hatred and her jealousy over the attention that was paid to her by her father. Sadly, Jacy's father passes away unexpectedly and her mother plans to marry Jacy to a very well-off but, extremely older man. When Jacy discovers her mother's plan she protests and Mom being Mom calls her "a foolish, infernal quadroon," and tells Jacy that she is the natural daughter of her father and a slave. Jacy finally understands what the phrase "quarter moon" means. This surprise disclosure changes Jacy's life forever. She no longer understands who she is or where she belongs. If people know her secret she will be ostracised by the whites and not at all accepted by, what she has been taught, the inferior race. Also, her biological mother and brother are still working on the plantation. As she begins to know her relatives and a handsome, remember that word, and very protective horse trainer called Rafe, she starts to believe that she can mix and mingle with them and she starts to see another type of living in the deep south. And then, dear old mom decides to sell Jacy's family and they leave for the North using the Underground Railroad. This turns out to be a very dangerous journey where Jacy and her family meet many people, good and bad. Jacy and her new family are trying to look for a spanking new life of freedom and where their future will be and, also, Jacy will hopefully find out where she really belongs. Quill Says: This is a powerful story set in Pre-Civil War days in the deep south. The author has obviously studied the workings of the Underground Railroad and done truly amazing research.

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