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Africaville : a novel

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"A ferociously talented writer makes his stunning debut with this richly woven tapestry, set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, that depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate. Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family--Kath Ella, her son Omar/Etienne, and her grandson Warner--whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the twentieth century from the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the social protests of the 1960s to the economic upheavals in the 1980s. A century earlier, Kath Ella's ancestors established a new home in Nova Scotia. Like her ancestors, Kath Ella's life is shaped by hardship--she struggles to conceive and to provide for her family during the long, bitter Canadian winters. She must also contend with the locals' lingering suspicions about the dark-skinned "outsiders" who live in their midst. Kath Ella's fierce love for her son, Omar, cannot help her overcome the racial prejudices that linger in this remote, tight-knit place. As he grows up, the rebellious Omar refutes the past and decides to break from the family, threatening to upend all that Kath Ella and her people have tried to build. Over the decades, each successive generation drifts further from Africaville, yet they take a piece of this indelible place with them as they make their way to Montreal, Vermont, and beyond, to the deep South of America. As it explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place, and the meaning of home, Africaville tells the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States. Vibrant and lyrical, filled with colorful details, and told in a powerful, haunting voice, this extraordinary novel--as atmospheric and steeped in history as The Known World, Barracoon, The Underground Railroad, and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie--is a landmark work from a sure-to-be major literary talent"--

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Bell Memorial Library - Nunda FIC COL (Text)
Adult Fiction
52114300202914
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01/23/2020
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Geneva Public Library COLVIN (Text)
First Floor New Books
52118301020118
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Honeoye Public Library FIC (Text)
New Adult Fiction
52120300381442
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Livonia Public Library FIC COL (Text)
Adult New
52140300579944
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02/06/2020
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Mount Morris Library Fic Col (Text)
Adult Fiction
52123300272025
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Naples Library FIC COL (Text)
New Fiction
52124300381733
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02/04/2020
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Sodus Community Library FIC COL (Text)
Adult Fiction
52148300522426
Checked out
02/07/2020
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Stevens Memorial Community Library - Attica COLV (Text)
New Books
52149100588674
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02/07/2020
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Walworth-Seely Public Library FIC Colvin (Text)
Adult New Materials
52129300968215
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01/28/2020
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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua FIC COL (Text)
Adult New Materials
31846002867488
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01/24/2020
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