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  1. Absalom's Daughters: A Novel
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  2. Absalom's Daughters: A Novel

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A spellbinding debut about half sisters, one black and one white, on a 1950s road trip through the American South

Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother’s laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for “colored music” and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father’s inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what’s rightly theirs.

In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial strife and violence. Suzanne Feldman's Absalom’s Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.

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Suzanne Feldman
Kindle Edition
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Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I've followed Suzanne Feldman's writing for some time now after falling in love with her science-fiction work under the pen name Severna Park. I think she is a tremendously gifted author, and I'm pleased to say that I believe Absalom's Daughters is her best work to date.

The book is perhaps best described as a travel adventure set in the segregated south. It focuses predominantly on the protagonist Cassie and her half-sister Judith. While they share a father, Cassie was raised in an all-black household with her mother and grandmother, while Judith is a white girl from a white family. They eventually become companions on an epic road trip from Heron Neck, Mississipi to Virginia and beyond, searching for fame and fortune. While they encounter difficulties on their travels, the book retains a hopeful tone, as both girls seek something more than the small town they were raised in.

Feldman's writing style is superb, with gentle rhythm that is comfortable to read... Read more
Suzanne Feldman has a highly developed ear for the dialects of the south, and her talent for description and magical writing passages is right up there with Southern writers like Harper Lee, Pat Conroy, and yes, William Faulkner. The tale of cinnamon-skinned Cassie and white Judith, half-sisters with the same father, draws the reader in from the first page. This is a book that starts out like a light read and gradually draws the reader deep into a time in the 1950's south when shades of color were of paramount importance in acceptance by the society of that time. We see the south through the eyes of Cassie and Judith as they drive the old dirt roads from Mississippi to Virginia to find their father. And we witness their adventures together as they realize the importance of their relationship as sisters. This is a book worth reading and discussing.
Right from the beginning the author’s colorful descriptive words made me feel like I was right there beside Cassie and Judith. I watched when they were kids as they struggled to pull the wagons of laundry up a steep hill and right on into their teens as they dealt with the challenges of growing up “one the road”.
Long after I was finished with the book I found myself mulling over some of the issue the girls faced. What was it like for one girl to use the bathroom while the other girl had to use the nearby bushes? How would I feel if I were of a different race? Would I want to change if I thought I could?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’ll be eagerly waiting for her next one.
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