Chasing Freedom
By Gloria Ann Wesley
Fernwood Publishing / 240pp / $18.95

Many believed that Lawrence Hill had written the last chapter on the plight of blacks in Atlantic Canada with his 2008 bestselling epic, The Book of Negroes. Africadian author Gloria Ann Wesley brings the story closer to home with Chasing Freedom, the intimate tale of one young woman’s journey from the slave plantations of South Carolina to the bitter landscape of Birchtown, Nova Scotia. Though officially listed as young adult historical fiction, readers of all ages will be touched by the author’s colourful capacity to capture and convey both the feeling of the times, and the feelings of who endured them. - SPC

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