Home Across the Road: A Novel

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Longstreet Press, 1999 - Fiction - 249 pages
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"Nancy Peacock has created a drama of two families - one black, one white - and the house that binds their lives for more than a hundred years." "In 1861, Roseberry was the plantation home of the white Redds; the black Redds were one of the slave families who worked on the place. In 1971, Roseberry stands empty, a wisteria vine growing through the dining room window, and China Redd, who worked in the house for half a century, is ready to die." "But first she has a story to tell. Not the one recorded by Lydia Redd, the matron of the house, in her own book The Legends of Roseberry. No, China will set the record straight, beginning with the earrings, the selling of Cleavis, and the curse, and ending with the death of Coyle, the last of the white Redds. If she has nothing else from forty-seven years of work in a house in which nothing was her own, she has this story."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Home across the road: a novel

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China Redd, great-granddaughter of a slave named Cally, has cooked and cleaned for the white branch of the Redd family for nearly 50 years, and the story she narrates is composed of much she was told ... Read full review

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A bit too stylized to suit me, this book by a white author told from a southern black perspective (spanning the years from the slave south to the civil rights era for two interlocked families - one white, one black) is a captivating tale. Read full review

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Nancy Peacock lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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