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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (703 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Pitts Narrator: Sean Crisden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam - a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army - decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all belonged.

At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slave owner and Confederate officer.

The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father's dying wish.

At its core, Freeman is a love story - sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient - about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the novel that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War.

Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era, particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brenda | 2/15/2014

    " This is the story of "free man" after the Civil War and his incredible journey to find the wife he left behind when he escaped slavery. The journey is epic and the characters you meet as you read this story are memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/10/2014

    " As a huge fan of Leonard Pitts' social and political commentary, I was eager to read his historical fiction novel. Set in the post-Civil War era, it tells three ultimately connected stories-- Sam, an erudite freeman living in Philadelphia with a job at a library who sets off on an arduous trek south to find his wife, Tilda, a newly freed slave from whom he's been apart for 15 years; Prudence, an aristocratic Bostonian who was raised as a fervent abolitionist and acts with anything but prudence; and Tilda, Sam's "wife" (slaves were not permitted the dignity of marriage, but Sam and Tilda "jumped the broom" when they were both enslaved) who is on her own trek westward with her former "master" Marse McFarlane. These and many other characters are so richly drawn that I found myself deeply invested in their fates. Characters are not presented as merely noble, evil, passive, or imprudent. Rather, they are portrayed as nuanced individuals. For example, the former master behaves monstrously but his evil actions are seen as a result of the environment in which he was raised, grief and rage over a son who was just as monstrously murdered by the Yankees, and complete denial over the fact the war is over and his side lost. This is a book to savor as Pitts is a gifted writer. I think these characters will remain with you long after you turn the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/7/2014

    " This book gave me a perspective on American history that I had never had before and I am grateful to have my eyes open to it. I normally reserve my 5-star rating for books that I would read again but I'll make an exception for Freeman. This was a tough, emotional read, which means I probably won't read it again but I'm glad I read it once. Very well-written with wonderfully developed characters that you get to know and love. A tad slow in the middle but well-worth trudging through to the other side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 1/26/2014

    " Beautifully written and harrowing accounts of the lives of several slaves and one, supposedly, free man. Really recommend this. "

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