Few authors have explored the lives of a people who suffered so miserably at the hands of their fellow man. Kedzie takes the reader back to a time we will never have a chance to witness ourselves, thank God. This story exposes the heart of antebellum slavery without falling into the standard traps of unrequited love or historical intervention. We get to know the characters through their dialogue and relationships. Short chapters make reading before going to bed a delight.

Stanard has the remarkable ability to immerse the reader in the unstable times of the antebellum South. The frantic pace of the story gives a palpable sense of urgency to Kedzie’s predicament, all while speeding toward its eventual resolution … A stellar, heart-wrenching chronicle of human bondage. —Kirkus Reviews


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