Freeman

Freeman

by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

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ISBN-13: 9781932841640
Publisher: Agate
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 394,821
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Leonard Pitts, Jr. was born and raised in Southern California and now lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife and children. He is a columnist for the Miami Herald and won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards. He is also the author of the novel Before I Forget (Agate Bolden, 2009); the collection Forward From this Moment: Selected Columns, 1994-2009, Daily Triumphs, Tragedies, and Curiosities (Agate Bolden, 2009); and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood (Agate Bolden, 2006).

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Freeman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
lhr More than 1 year ago
Though my reading preferences vary, historical fiction such as this, that engages you from the very first chapter and doesn't let you go, is amoung my favorites. This is a view of African-Americans, and of a culture of the south after the civil war that is portrayed with empathy, and with an understanding I've not read before. This novel fills you with emotion, and makes you sad that it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freeman is the story of Sam, a runaway slave, who upon the ending of the Civil War walks from Philadelphia to Mississippi to reunite with his true love, Tilda. Tilda is currently being marched across state lines from Mississippi by her owner who refuses to accept emancipation. Prudence is a young white woman from Boston who wants to start a school for freed colored people in Mississippi. Pitts is realistic, intricate, and thorough in this novel. I enjoyed every page. As a fan of historic fiction, I was pleased. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It will take you back after the civil ear ended. You will feel like you are on a journey with two of the "freed" slaves. It will bring tears to your eyes. I couldn't put it down after I started.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
BRILLIANT!! Leonard Pitts, Jr's story "Freeman" is BRILLIANT and one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read!  The characters are rich within the tapestry woven for them, blended to transfix you, and stitched together during a most tumultuous time in our history.  I truly believe that this novel should be listed as an "American Classic". The lives of the slaves after the Civil War, in someways was just as cruel as slavery.  Being "free" came with a high cost to many, with no where to go, no money and  continued cruelty from the white community. Many slave owners refused to admit defeat to the North and continued treating their slaves as property instead of as human beings.  There were many families that had been broken apart and having very few clues as to their location began searching for their loved ones, with often terrifying results. Emotional and riveting "Freeman" is a true masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very first page this book drew me in and even after ending, it's still in my thoughts. It is such a rich story of fiction but it pulls at our nations conscience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read in years. You really get drawn into the story and into the lives of the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words for a review, mere seconds after reading the last word of this Historical Novel , will sound hollow. Because I can't think straight and tears fill my eyes. I will simply say, read this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding in every respect. I envy the experience those of you who have not read it are going to have when you sit down with one of the best books I have ever read! An Avid Reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freeman grabs you from the beginning and holds on long after you put it down. Mr. Pitts tells of Lincoln's assassination from the slave's perspective and shows the chaos and turmoil of the time, described in vivid detail. When I rounded the corner on the last pages, I felt like I was leaving behind friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this story......... I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It should be made into a movie. The characters were very well developed! It took a chapter or so to really get good, but it is worth it. I could not put this book down! Every chance I got to read it-I was reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a Black person, but I loved this book. I felt the pain of both cultures in their struggle to change. This novel touched me to the very core of my being---how easy it is to forget what the slaves had to go through both then and now. How easy it is to blame stagnation on what happened centuries ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is freedom? How does one who has spent their entire existence in bondage learn to live in freedom? Mr. Pitts has woven an engaging an plausible narrative of the challenges faced by newly freed slaves as well as their oppressors. While the conversational dialogue is somewhat stilted, it remains an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. It's been a while since I've read a book I had a very hard time putting down.
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tuttwo More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a beautifully written story.
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Couldnt stop reading
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It is an excellent book and it shows the horrors that came out of slavery . If you like historic fiction you'll love this book
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