Two Wings to Fly Away

Two Wings to Fly Away

by Penny Mickelbury
Two Wings to Fly Away

Two Wings to Fly Away

by Penny Mickelbury


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In 1856 Philadelphia, a cross-dressing runaway slave named Genie Oliver uses her dress shop as a front for her work with the Underground Railroad. Reluctant white heiress Abby Read runs a rooming house, not only because she rejects the life of an idle society woman, but because she has no intention ever to marry a man. After the young daughter of Abby’s free black servant, Maggie, is grabbed by rogue slave catchers and later recovered, Abby joins forces with Genie, a white Pinkerton’s agent, and an unlikely cast of characters from all walks of life. Together, this diverse cadre of people risks everything to join forces with the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman in a dangerous effort to guide escaped slaves to freedom in Philadelphia. As racial and economic tensions simmer and boil over throughout Philadelphia and across the country, Abby and Genie discover a profound friendship, a shared purpose—and the promise of something more. Two Wings To Fly Away paints a stunning portrait of a divided nation hurtling toward Civil War, set against a backdrop of courage, community and the healing power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612941493
Publisher: Bywater Books MI
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: The Two Wings Saga , #1
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 654,354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

PENNY MICKELBURY is the author of three successful mystery series and an award-winning playwright. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat, and is a recipient of the Audre Lorde Estate Grant. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Pen Award for Best Mystery/Thriller from the Black Writers Alliance, and the Prix du Roman d’Adventures from Les Éditions du Masque. Prior to focusing on literary pursuits, Penny was a pioneering newspaper, radio and television reporter, based primarily in Washington, D.C., wrote journalistic non-fiction, and was a frequent contributor to such publications as Black Issues Book Review, Africana, and the Washington Blade.

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Two Wings to Fly Away is a taut and complex historical drama with an unexpected cast of finely drawn characters.” —JEWELLE GOMEZ, author of The Gilda Stories

Two Wings to Fly Away makes us care about those who yearn for freedom, despise a system that gives license to hatred and subjugation, and cheer for the love that gives wing to Genie’s greatest happiness.” —CHERYL A. HEAD, author of the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery Series

Two Wings to Fly Away is a beautifully written, imaginative novel of pre-Civil War era interracial love. The prose is masterful, sprinkled throughout with the slow burn of desire between women, and the precariousness of African American life before the Civil War.” —STEPHANIE ANDREA ALLEN, author of A Failure to Communicate

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