By Stephen Wright
Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate manhattan, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists in addition to the grandson of Carolina slaveholders much more devoted to their reason. therefore follows a adolescence limned with fugitive slaves relocating via hidden passageways in the home, and the inevitable misery that befalls his mom at any time when letters arrive from her mom and dad. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes--first into the cauldron of struggle after which right into a bedlam extra irritating nonetheless. In a colourful reveal of literary fulfillment, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil struggle novel not like the other.
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