River Sing Me Home (Hardback)
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River Sing Me Home (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 19/01/2023
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Powerful, moving and redemptive, RIVER SING ME HOME tells of a mother's desperate search to find her stolen children and her freedom.

'A strong and beautiful novel that stares into the face of brutality and the heart of love' JEANETTE WINTERSON

'Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so assured and so powerful you can't believe it's a debut novel. River Sing Me Home is just such a book. I was thrust into Rachel's desperate, dangerous life... and I followed her journey with my heart in my mouth. Eleanor Shearer is a remarkable writer and she brings this story of a mother's courage to the page with compassion, tenderness and pitch-perfect prose' NATASHA LESTER

We whisper the names of the ones we love like the words of a song. That was the taste of freedom to us, those names on our lips.

Mary Grace, Micah, Thomas Augustus, Cherry Jane and Mercy.

These are the names of her children. The five who survived, only to be sold to other plantations. The faces Rachel cannot forget.

It's 1834, and the law says her people are now free. But for Rachel freedom means finding her children, even if the truth is more than she can bear.

With fear snapping at her heels, Rachel keeps moving. From sunrise to sunset, through the cane fields of Barbados to the forests of British Guiana and on to Trinidad, to the dangerous river and the open sea.

Only once she knows their stories can she rest.

Only then can she finally find home.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472291363
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 41 g
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so assured and so powerful you can't believe it's a debut novel. River Sing Me Home is just such a book. From the opening pages, I was thrust into Rachel's desperate, dangerous life as a slave on the run in Barbados in the nineteenth century, and I followed her journey to find the children who were taken from her with my heart in my mouth. Eleanor Shearer is a remarkable writer and she brings this story of a mother's courage to the page with compassion, tenderness and pitch-perfect prose -- Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress
A strong and beautiful novel that stares into the face of brutality and the heart of love -- Jeanette Winterson
Eleanor Shearer bursts onto the literary scene with the story of Rachel, an enslaved woman who has spent her life tied to the brutal fields of a sugar plantation. When the Emancipation Act of 1834 confers a degree of liberty, Rachel finds herself on the run from Barbados to British Guiana to Trinidad, searching for the five surviving sons and daughters sold away from her arms years ago. What follows is an extraordinary odyssey of pain, love, and homecoming, as Rachel searches not only for her children but for her own past, her own independence, and her own soul. RIVER SING ME HOME is a haunting and powerful debut -- Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
River Sing Me Home is an eloquent, and loving, story of a mother's desperate quest to find the five children who have been ripped from her arms by the cruelty of slavery. A runaway, hunted by those who will both punish and snatch her back to servitude, we follow Rachel's determined search from Barbados to Trinidad, through untamed woods, unsafe towns, and unforgiving waters. Eleanor Shearer has written an immersive and spellbinding debut novel reminding us that the human spirit will always reach for freedom -- Cheryl A. Head, author of Time's Undoing and the Charlie Mack Motown Mysteries

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