A Tangled Mercy

A Tangled Mercy

by Joy Jordan-Lake


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ISBN-13: 9781503946736
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 462
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joy Jordan-Lake has written more than a half dozen books, including the novel Blue Hole Back Home, which won the Christy Award in 2009 for Best First Novel. The book, which explores racial violence and reconciliation in the post–Civil Rights South, went on to be chosen as the Common Book at several colleges, as well as being a frequent book club pick. Jordan-Lake holds a PhD in English, is a former chaplain at Harvard, and has taught literature and writing at several universities. Her scholarly work Whitewashing Uncle Tom’s Cabin draws on the narratives, journals, and letters of enslaved and slaveholding antebellum women, research that led her to the story behind A Tangled Mercy. Living outside of Nashville, she and her husband have three children. To learn more about the author and her work, visit www.joyjordanlake.com.

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A Tangled Mercy: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
A simply wonderful book elegantly written, filled with mystery and surprises and yet so in touch with the realities of life. This is a dual time-line with two stories each told in alternating chapters. Both, one from the 1820's, the other from 2015 are woven into one saga dealing with hate, suffering, and destruction. Yet, ultimately it all becomes a tale of forgiveness and hope. We can see vivid descriptions of the Charleston Lowlands- "the infernal beauty of a place steeped in pain." Many scenes of violence are balanced by instances of courage and love. The power of forgiveness overcomes the power of hate. The message has always existed, but may have greater meaning for us today. Hate will not win, Love has the last word. Excellent novel!