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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Enormously powerful and frequently heartwrenching, River Sing Me Home chronicles the former enslaved woman Rachel's quest to reunite with the children taken from her on the plantation.

'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. Inspired by the women who, in the aftermath of slavery, went in search of their lost children.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472291363
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 613 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 38 mm


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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 . . . 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 Riviera House

An extraordinary odyssey of pain, love, and homecoming . . . RIVER SING ME HOME is a haunting and powerful debut - Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye

A strong and beautiful novel that stares into the face of brutality and the heart of love - Jeanette Winterson

Epic and lyrical, a story about love and the power it brings us - Frank Cottrell-Boyce

A searing debut full of love, loss, and the shadows of the past . . . Heartbreaking, hopeful, and unforgettable. Both a powerful ode to the endless depths of a mother's love and an important meditation on what freedom really means, this is the kind of book that will stay with readers for years to come - Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author

An extraordinary and gripping debut. Rachel's love for her children resonates through each page as she fights for her freedom and theirs. A must-read! - Chanel Cleeton

A powerful story, beautifully told. Shearer skilfully depicts the cruelty of the British slave trade, contrasted with one mother's indomitable love for her children, and her burning will to live. An empathic, elegantly rendered and deeply humane novel - Jessica Moor

A powerful novel that explores how freedom and family are truly defined - Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Personal Librarian

RIVER SING ME HOME is a masterclass in how to speak of unspeakable things. A beautiful read - Meg Clothier

RIVER SING ME HOME slices you open . . . and knits you back up again. A powerful account of love, loss, defiance and the lengths to which a mother will go in order to make herself and her family whole again. Breathtaking - Chikodili Emelumadu

Lyrical, heartbreaking, thought-provoking . . . A book about love, motherhood and survival that will stay with you long after you've finished it' - Costanza Casati

I absolutely loved this book and Eleanor Shearer's lyrical prose kept me gripped as the story moved from Barbados to Demerara and Trinidad . . . a beautifully written debut - Stacey Thomas

Propulsive . . . This compelling premise of a mother in search of her children powers a moving and dynamic novel. The pacing is swift, and Shearer writes in clear, energetic prose. There is an accessibility to the language that is refreshing; it buoys the narrative, giving us intimate access to a complex period in history - Guardian

An immersive debut . . . the heart of the novel lies in its celebration of motherhood and female resilience. A tender exploration of one woman's courage in the face of unbelievable cruelty - Observer

The beautifully written depiction of a mother longing for her children makes this transcendent - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Early readers of RIVER SING ME HOME are evangelical about this story . . . Full of love and compassion, this will be everywhere next year - Stylist

A powerful, gripping and poetic novel about the strength of a mother's love - Sarra Manning, Red

Such a glorious and compelling story - Prima

A cracking debut - Belfast Telegraph

Hugely profound, hopeful and emotive this is written in lyrical prose that demonstrates Shearer's mastery of language - Glamour

Action-packed, emotionally demanding, richly described, the novel paints an extraordinary portrait of motherly love and hope . . . a thoroughly compelling read - Daily Mail

An intense and absorbing debut - The Times

River Sing Me Home is a fine testament to the women who inspired this debut - The Sunday Times

Lyrical, heart-wrenching and so well crafted - Goodreads Reviewer

A triumph of tragedy and hope - Goodreads Reviewer

An extraordinary tale of fearlessness, passion, motherly love and hope - NetGalley Reviewer

This debut novel does exactly what I want historic fiction to do - teach me something while telling me a good story - Goodreads Reviewer

The most moving, beautiful, heart-breaking yet hopeful book I've read this year. - Goodreads Reviewer

A novel which explored, with courage, care and capability, the illusory nature of freedom at a critical point in West Indian history. I was riveted by Rachel's story and it is a testament to Eleanor's craft that I felt every fraught element of Rachel's journey to finding her children right along with her. Like the River of its title, this novel sings . . . a beautiful debut - Cherie Jones, Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted author of How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

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Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire

“Remarkable, heart and gut-wrenching”

The heart and gut-wrenching River Sing Me Home is an astonishing debut which follows Rachel, an emancipated former slave on her journey across Barbados, then over to Trinidad, to find her stolen children. Rachel is... More

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Lauren

“A debut!?”

Heartbreaking yet hopeful, River, Sing Me Home is the story of Rachel, whom at the declaration of the “end” of slavery decides to flee her plantation in search of her children.

This powerful story is so important to... More

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“Powerful and intensely moving…”

“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 Augustas, Cherry Jane and Mercy. These are the names of... More

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