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Author: Nancy Peacock Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781681684109
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For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes “a tour de force of historical fiction” (Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain) that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar-cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his own identity.

“I have been to hangings before, but never my own.”

Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon “Persy” Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth—his truth. He may be guilty but not for what he stands accused of: the kidnapping and rape of his former master’s wife.

In 1860, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking, light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army’s attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas.

So began Persy’s journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way, he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator JD Jackson’s resonant voice enriches this graceful yet heartbreaking story…Jackson conveys Persy’s deep wretchedness, which comes from having lost Chloe, the love of his life, and depicts Persy’s tireless search for the light-skinned house slave who was forced into intimate service for their white master. Jackson magnificently portrays Persy’s intelligence and power…This is an excellent performance.”


  • “A magnificent, immersive, breathtaking work of historical fiction…[A] beautifully crafted, richly detailed novel.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Peacock’s story is unflinching and, at times, brutally violent. Persy and the characters he meets during his travels are compelling and multifaceted.”

    Historical Novel Reviews

  • “This is storytelling at its finest and most evocative. Peacock invites readers to take a journey through time, from slavery to freedom and death row, that will leave them in awe. The first-person narrative drives home the feeling of walking in Persimmon’s shoes.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Fiction Narration

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About the Author

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.