A Kind of Freedom
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
9781619029224 | $37.50 CAD
HC | 256 pages | Available Now
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2017 National Book Award Longlist
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Chosen as 1 of 12 books to read this August by the Chicago Review of Books
Chosen as 1 of 24 Incredible Books to Add to Your Shelf This Summer by the Huffington Post
Chosen as 1 of 10 Books to Read in August by BBC Culture
A Kind of Freedom is a brave endeavour—a multi-generational saga following the legacy and reality of Jim Crow and racial disparity in New Orleans. It’s clear that Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has succeeded in her ambitious project, evidenced by the glowing reviews from the New York Times, Chicago Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews…the list goes on. Called a writer possessing “uncommon nerve and talent,” Sexton details a family who undergo so many challenges and obstacles, but somehow endure it all.
The saga begins in 1944 with Evelyn, a Creole woman, battling blatant racial prejudices that work against her, her love, and her dreams. We meet Evelyn’s daughter Jackie, a single mother in the 1980’s, struggling with the love she has for her child’s father who is himself battling addiction. Lastly we meet Jackie’s son, T.C., living in post-Katrina New Orleans. T.C. is caught in the web of restrictions and possibilities that his striving city affords, trying to be more than his home and its history will allow him to be. A Kind of Freedom is a powerful debut novel, available now in bookstores.