LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 JHALAK PRIZE
JO WILEY BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK
Based on real events brilliantly reimagined, this is an epic story of love and courage, desperation and determination, and three people who are inescapably entwined in each other's lives.
Henry O'Toole sails to America to escape poverty and famine in Ireland, only to find anti-Irish prejudice awaiting him. Determined never to starve again, he changes his surname to Taylor and heads south to Virginia, where he can pick up work as a travelling blacksmith on the prosperous plantations.
Maple is a slave on Jubilee Plantation. Given to her half-sister as a wedding present by their father, she longs to return to her daughter and husband. When sassy house slave Sarah arrives, she sees her chance at last to be reunited with her own family.
Sarah has her own troubles. She has to learn to navigate the hierarchy of her fellow slaves as well as the power system of her new white masters, and now the mysterious blacksmith is promising her the world, and her freedom too.
"Ambitious, sweeping, unafraid of acknowledging the complexity of the times and guaranteed to leave you welling up, this is storytelling at its finest." -- The Stylist Best New Books for October
"This is a love story of epic proportions a forbidden relationship that has been forged in secrecy, and faces betrayal and jeopardy at every turn." -- Jo Wiley, BBC Radio 2 Book Club
- Publisher : Myriad Editions (3 Jun. 2021)
- ISBN-13 : 978-1912408979