By Lynn Austin
New old Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!
In the aftermath of the Civil battle, Josephine Weatherly and her mom, Eugenia, fight to select up the items in their lives once they go back to their Virginia plantation. however the sour realities of lifestyles after the battle can't be denied: their domestic and land are yet shells in their earlier grandeur; demise has claimed her father and brother; and her ultimate brother, Daniel, has back domestic sour and damaged. The privileged early life Josephine loved now sounds like a long-ago dream. And the God who didn't resolution any of her prayers throughout the struggle is misplaced to her as well.
Josephine quickly realizes that lifestyles is now an issue of day-by-day survival--and acknowledges that Lizzie, as one of many few ultimate servants, is the single she needs to depend upon to educate her all she must recognize. Josephine's mom, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a sour hatred fuels her.
With ability and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to lifestyles the tricky years of the Reconstruction period by way of interweaving the tales of 3 women--daughter, mom, and freed slave--in a riveting story.
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A thing is in I's mouth. Why, it is stick-meat. End of he come soft like shit, and lick of meat thick on I's tongue. All prickling is I's cheek, and is I not glean where of I, yet glean I now of flower, and girl, of hut and pig-keep that stand by, and glean I's way of coming here. There cross of pig-keep is stand white-skin hut, where by is I hear noise of man say many things, and noise of girl say back to he. Glean I that Hob is come here back from doings with they setting-kine. N o w all come quiet.
The track is wider, coming up by way of valley's edge. H o w many dead men's feet does it demand to make it so? It is a fury and misery to think of being one day in my grave and yet this track still here. Its deep ruts, older than our great-fathers. Its flood pools, all the frightening straightness of its line, still here. Still here. It rises steep before me, firm beneath my tread, and yet the walking's hard. Sharp pebbles cut my feet, the mud upon them drying to a sun-split hide. Shifting my bag from one hand to other, muttering, telling myself to leave the track atop this hill and walk upon soft grass about the rim, so as to come down upon Bridge-in-Valley from the east.
I's face is cold. A grey is come in dark by other 52 way of river-setting, as like many whiles is go they by. Sniff flowers, and hear quiet-say of girl from out of pig-keep, by of wood-stop holes which open stands. It is not yet first bright, she say, and she is here with many food. C o m e out, she say, that may we eat, where after journey we a-ways. N o w is I glean on all that we is say for do, and is with goodfright in I's belly. Walk of world with girl. With girl find food, and lie with girl.
All Things New by Lynn Austin