A Kind of Freedom

A Kind of Freedom

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over--until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2017.
Edition: First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781619029224
1619029227
Branch Call Number: FIC Sexto
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 24 cm.

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LPL_KateG Aug 14, 2017

Have zoomed through this fantastic debut. Telling the story of three generations in one family, the author switches back and forth between timelines (1940s, 1980s, 2010s) which may be distracting to readers who prefer a linear narrative. However, I felt that the timelines were well done and enhanced a sense of understanding/perspective for the characters over time. This is an important read that addresses racial macro and microaggressions, systemic racism, and generational poverty. I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and emotional.

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