Sapphire's Grave

Sapphire's Grave

by Hilda Gurley-Highgate, Hilda Gurley Highgate
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Sapphire's Grave 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sapphire's Grave is a moving and poignant debut novel by Hilda Gurley-Highgate. The author transcends two centuries to reveal the foundation of a family: an African captive called Sapphire because of her beautiful blue-black skin tone. Her physical statue and dauntless attitude commands a semblance of respect from everyone, including her enslavers. Sapphire remains strong, defiant, and unbroken despite the horrors of the Middle Passage, systematic rape, physical beatings, and back-breaking slave labor. So daring is she that immediately following a brutal act of sexual abuse at the hands of her owner who promises to do the same to her infant daughter when she is of age, Sapphire kills her daughter rather than allow the child to suffer the same fate she herself has endured. At death, Sapphire is hastily buried in a shallow grave, but her tormented soul cannot rest. In spirit form, she approaches each of her female descendents and evokes memories and visions for them to discover, awaken, and use their inherent inner strength to love themselves, gain self-respect, and obtain inner peace to survive in a cruel and difficult world. For the next two hundred years, Sapphire touches the bewitched Sister, the prostitute Vyda Rose, the lovelorn Jewel, the artistic Clovey, and truth-telling, outspoken, shameless Rae'ven who embodies Sapphire's spirit completely and thus allows Sapphire to return to the grave satisfied and fulfilled. The author writes in a thoughtful, lyrical prose which educes a myriad of emotions and reader empathy for the characters. Gurley-Highgate offers the reader an introspective look inside the lives and minds of the lead characters and their lovers. She clearly illustrates how Sapphire's spirit changes, fortifies, and empowers her daughters regardless of their station in life. There is a valuable lesson in this book for all women regardless of race and/or socio-economic class. So touching and well written that this book has earned a place on my best reads list. Bravo, Ms. Gurley-Highgate! A job well done¿I cannot wait until the next release. Reviewed by Phyllis APOOO BookClub, Nubian Circle Book Club
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I am the official book-reviewer for my newspaper -- The Baltimore Times -- never did I expect to read such a beautifully written story. Hilda Gurley-Highgate wrote of my mother, sisters and grandmother. I am 63 years old and have finally come to appreciate the strengths of women, especially black women. I am glad to be among the first to read this debut novel and can only hope to expect more excellent "reads" from this brilliant new author. Thanks for letting me in on this "new secret," which I will be sharing with my readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an INCREDIBLE novel. I finished it and immediately planned to read it once more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasant surprise. A definite page turner; I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Sapphire's Grave. Once you get past the first chapter, you will fall in love with the book. The author lets you feel the character's lives and pain. You will develop compassion for each character. Hilda Gurley-Highgate is an excellent writer who we haven't seen the last of, I hope.
Mrsghost4ever More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading of Sapphire's lineage...She birthed strong women who were not afraid to be them Selves...awesome read. I felt free as a bird after completing this book.