A raw and unbridled novel of slavery in the Deep South,
Shattered by the forces of unrest and upheaval that preceded the Civil War, the Ackerly Plantation is caught up in a frenzy of violence, cruelty, and hatred.
Here is the brutal reality of slavery—of men and women sold at auction—of young girls forced to gratify their master’s lust—of slaves tortured until their only remaining instinct is to strike back . . . to kill.
And the throbbing passions that bind master to slave just as powerfully as slave to master.
Delia: Devoted young mother and wife, with no rights but those of a slave—to lose her child in a heartless accident, and to flee her husband to flee her master’s lust.
Jud: Delia’s husband. He dared to love her with the fullness of his being. But one of the wealthy well-bred ladies of the plantation wanted him for her personal pleasure.
And Samuel Ackerly, lord of all he surveys, wandering lonely and in pain through the slave quarters at night looking for someone to talk to . . . while Amanda, his wife, reigns in the Great House intent on overthrowing him in favor of her son, Richard. Richard, the destroyed and the destroyer, the bringer of horror.
And many more.
In this hard-hitting second volume of his epic, sweeping Shame and Glory Saga, Jerrold Mundis reveals with savage realism the depravity and degeneration of the final days of slavery in the Deep South in a shocking and unforgettable novel.
Praise for the Shame & Glory novels:
“Superior . . . but not for the squeamish. The action is quick, gory and rings with verisimilitude.”
“The dramatic actions snap along with sea battles, slave rebellions, and moral conflicts, all played out by thoroughly believable characters and building to a shattering climax.”
“A hard, violent antidote to the Southern Romance . . . an historical anger seldom presented before.”
Jerrold Mundis has written more than 40 novels and books of nonfiction, both under his own name and a number of pseudonyms (most notably Robert Calder and Eric Corder). His work has been selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the One Spirit Book Club and other book clubs and translated into more than a dozen foreign languages. He lives in New York City.