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"God and whiskey have got me where I am. Too little of the one, too much of the other."

—David King, 1895.

Born a slave in 1847, but raised as a free man by the Reverend William King, David has rebelled against his emancipator and his predestined future in the church. Hes taken up residence in the nearby town of Chatham, made a living robbing graves, and now presides—in the company of a German ex-prostitute named Loretta—over an illegal after-hours tavern.

These days that final, violent confrontation with Reverend King seems like a lifetime ago. The residents of Chatham know David as a God-cursing, liquor-slinging, money-having man-about-town, famously educated and fabulously eccentric. And he seems to be more-or-less happy … that is, until the death of Reverend King brings his past crashing down upon him.

Inspired by the Elgin Settlement, which by 1852 housed 75 free black families and was studied by Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe, David is a fiery look at one mans quest for knowledge and forgiveness, and a moving portrait of life after the Underground Railroad.

Ray Robertson is the author of Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.

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Set in nineteenth-century Chatham, David's rebellious hero breaks us in to a little-known place and time in black history.

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Born a slave in 1847 but raised as a free man by the Reverend William King, David has rebelled against his emancipator and a future in the church. Now he's a God-cursing, liquor-slinging, money-having, Hobbes-quoting man-about-town, famously educated, fabulously eccentric, and more-or-less happy . . . till the death of Reverend King brings his past back to haunt him.

Inspired by the Elgin Settlement, which by 1852 housed seventy-five free black families and was studied by Abraham Lincoln, Ray Robertson's novel is a fiery look at a community essential to the Underground Railroad's success.

Ray Robertson is the author of Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.

About the Author

Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, and What Happened Later, as well as two collections of nonfiction (including Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize.) David is his sixth novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781926845869
Author:
Robertson, Ray
Publisher:
Biblioasis
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » African American » Historical

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Set in nineteenth-century Chatham, David's rebellious hero breaks us in to a little-known place and time in black history.
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Born a slave in 1847 but raised as a free man by the Reverend William King, David has rebelled against his emancipator and a future in the church. Now he's a God-cursing, liquor-slinging, money-having, Hobbes-quoting man-about-town, famously educated, fabulously eccentric, and more-or-less happy . . . till the death of Reverend King brings his past back to haunt him.

Inspired by the Elgin Settlement, which by 1852 housed seventy-five free black families and was studied by Abraham Lincoln, Ray Robertson's novel is a fiery look at a community essential to the Underground Railroad's success.

Ray Robertson is the author of Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.

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