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Author: Breena Clarke Narrator: Love Carter Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781478924258
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Russell's Knob is not paradise. But already in 1849 this New Jersey highlands settlement is home to a diverse population of blacks, whites, and reds who have intermarried and lived in relative harmony for generations. It is a haven for Dossie Bird, who has escaped north along the Underground Railroad and now feels the embrace of the Smoot family. Duncan Smoot presides as accidental patriarch, protector of his enterprising sister, Hattie, and his two rambunctious nephews. As Dossie busies herself with cleaning, cooking, and tending the chickens at Duncan's homestead, she wonders: Could this man, her rescuer -- so godlike in her eyes, so much older than she -- expect her to become his helpmeet?. Tentatively, Dossie begins to put down roots -- until a shocking act of violence propels her away from Russell's Knob and eventually into the mayhem of New York City's mean streets. With the same storytelling brio that distinguished the acclaimed novels River, Cross My Heart and Stand the Storm, Breena Clarke weaves a richly dramatic story of interracial harmony in the Civil War era -- and of one woman's triumph in the crucible of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Angels Make Their Hope Here is a compelling story about conflicts between conscience, culture, and one’s calling.… Clarke expertly engages our senses as she weaves nature, dreams, and ancestors into each chapter. Readers are wrapped up in the emotions, beliefs, and convictions of a peculiar people…Their existence is real, yet somewhat mystical as their gods dwell among and over them.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Though individuals, and not the sweep of history, are the focus, this coming-of-age story of Dossie—spirited into Russell’s Knob via the Underground Railroad—illuminates the terrible reach that slavery laws had into the lives of free black people in American towns and cities of the time. As Dossie grows from a scared girl to a strong woman, learning from the people around her and the trials she endures, readers will feel the pull of the fictional community of Russell’s Knob and have hope that Dossie will thrive there.”

    Library Journal

  • “Set in the years leading up to the Civil War, in settings from the wilds of New Jersey to the streets of New York during the draft riots, Clarke’s novel offers fascinating characters coping with heritage, identity, and complicated relationships.”


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About the Author

Breena Clarke grew up in Washington, DC, and was educated at Webster College and Howard University. She is the author of the widely praised novels, River, Cross My Heart, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and Stand the Storm. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.