A moving tour de force'a multigenerational storyof slavery, separation, freedom, and the indestructible bonds of love and family'from Connie Briscoe,New York Times bestselling author of Sisters and Loversand Big Girls Don't Cry.
Spanning more than sixty years, A Long Way from Home is thestory of Susie; her daughter, Clara; and her granddaughter, Susan'house slaves born and reared at Montpelier, the Virginia plantation of President James Madison. Proud and intelligent, these women are united by love, fierce devotion, and a desire for freedom that grows stronger year by year.
A Long Way from Home vividly re-creates Southern life andthe ambivalent, shifting relationships on both sides of the color divide, from the cruelty and insidious benevolence of white owners to the deep yearnings and complex emotions of the slaves themselves. It is an unforgettable story that pays homage to the African-American experience and to the ancestors whose lives and histories are indelibly entwined with our own."A sweeping,
"A wonderful read!...Connie Briscoe provides a fascinating peek inside the world of a proud family that refuses to let the turbulent times in which theylive destroy their dreams for happiness and freedom. The strong women who leap from the pages of her book are unforgettable...readers will cheer for them."( Anita Richmond Bunkley, author of Girlfriends)
"Connie Briscoe vividly evokes the joys of love and family, and the pain of separation and bondage. A Long Way from Home is a wonderful celebration of strength and perseverance, and a brilliant song of hope." ( E. Lynn Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Abide with Me)
"Connie Briscoe joyfully honors her family, herself and all of us in this wonderful homage to the resilience and courage of the people who made her the woman and writer she is. A Long Way from Home is a book for everyone and especially anyone who knows that at the beginning and in the end, we are all joined by the same story."( Marita Golden, author of The Edge of Heaven)
"An engaging and warm story about African Americans in our struggle for dignity and a rightful place in the fabric of the nation. It is also about survival, and the healing power of love and forgiveness. A rich and wonderful read."( Sandra Kitt, author of Girlfriends)
"Tragedy, triumph and female bonding among three generations of amazing women, all in page-turning detail." (MADEMOISELLE)
"If Margaret Mitchell had imagined Scarlett O'Hara as a slave instead of a plantation belle, this semi-epic novel of the South might have been the result."(ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)
"Briscoe's novel is a historical romance that falls somewhere between Zora Neale Hurston's THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD and Margaret Mitchell's GONE WITH THE WIND." ( --THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD )
"A sweeping, powerful saga of slavery and family heritage." (BOSTON HERALD)
"A heartfelt tribute to loyalty and endurance." (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
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I remember reading this book when it was first released and it stuck to me for quite some time. I have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books at the time which were ¿Sisters and Lovers¿ and ¿Big Girls Don't Cry¿ but 'A Long Way From Home¿ honestly touched me the most. This book was so entertaining I could not stop reading! It was a joy to read even though I felt heartache for the characters during their dark times. This book consists of three generations of women whom are, first of all, survivors. They are strong, courageous and trapped in a nearly-hopeless situation. Overworked and sleep deprived, the women have to watch out for all kinds of hazards -- including the possibility of rape. Susie, a house slave, has to be very strict on her young daughter Clara should Clara not please the owners with her work, she could be punished, sold or forced to work in the fields -- an even harsher life. Clara, in turn, continues this practice with her two daughters. Briscoe writes about her own ancestors, using family stories handed down through the generations, research she's done, and an obvious love of the subject matter. She succeeds in weaving together a fascinating biography of sorts. It's a stirring account of the everyday lives of slaves in the South before and during the Civil War. Not many black authors write from a historical perspective. She also paid tribute to her ancestors by detailing the harshness and brutality that slaves often endured. A key point that was referenced in the book was the differences in mentality between the house slaves and the field hands. This book is destined to be a 'must' for Black History Month, but it is a wonderful read for anyone of any ethnic background. Of course, the Civil War brings on many changes, also documented in the book. When finally free, the former slaves still face many hardships, but their courage and tenacity wins out in the end. 'A Long Way From Home' is a moving account of the struggles of three strong women. You'll go away with a better understanding of, and with new respect for, what the blacks in the South had to endure.
I totally enjoyed reading this novel! The characters were so real that it drew me into their world. One of the best book I've read besides Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
This book was so entertaining I could not stop reading! It was a joy to read even though I felt heartache for the characters during their dark times. I am now more informed of the way lives were lived during our country's time of slavery.
When I first read Sisters and Lovers, Connie Briscoe intrigued me, then I read Big Girls Don't Cry and I KNEW that I was a Briscoe fan. A couple of months ago I read PG County and that verified the fact! A Long Walk From Home was the 2nd to that verification! At first I thought the subject of slavery would bother me, but I found it EXTREMELY hard to put this one down! This is a WONDERFUL read! Actually, it made me appreciate the fact that I am even able to READ it! While reading you feel like you're DRAWN to the characters in the book, you REALLY begin to feel their pain, their anxiety, and their need for freedom! The personal tie in at the end, was just the icing on the cake! 'A Long Way From Home' wasn't that far from home for me...it touched me right in the heart! Hope others enjoy it as well!
I am a high school senior, and I have only read two books that were not required for school, but I cannot stop now because of this book. I bought it so that I could keep myself busy for the Winter Holiday Break (seeing how it was 400 pages long), but once I started I couldn't stop. I started to get upset because I had to go shopping but wanted so badly to know what was going to happen next. I finished the book in about 2 days. Now I am on Barnes and Nobles website searching for books with a similar theme. This was an excellent book.
The characters in this book seem so real. This book would make a good gift.
I received this novel as a Cristmas present.. it turned out to be one of my favorite gifts !!! I truly enjoyed this novel... Connie is a gifted storyteller...