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The debut of a major new talent, SAPPHIRE'S GRAVE tells the stories of several generations of African-American women, bringing their spirit and their sorrow to life with a power, sensitivity, and immediacy.

In 1749 in Sierra Leone, a woman of fierce dignity is captured and forced onto a slave ship. On the harrowing voyage to the Americas, she is beaten for her unrelenting will and staunch pride. When she arrives, she gives birth to a daughter who is called Sapphire because of the "black-blue-black" complexion she shares with her mother. Sapphire has also inherited her mother's strength and defiant spirit, and despite a life of poverty and opression, she grows up to mother several daughters of her own. Even when tragedy strikes and part of Sapphire dies, her strength gives rise to a legend that will sustain the women who follow her, "each carrying something of her mother, her grandmother, her aunts; each passing on to her own daughters blessing and cursing, the consequences of her own choosing.

Through the lives of Sapphire and her descendants, Hilda Gurley-Highgate not only creates a poignant and engrossing saga of black women in America, she brilliantly illuminates the meaning of roots and the links between women and their female ancestors, a tie that often appears tenuous, undefined, and distant, but is strong, palpable, and much closer than we imagine. Written in luminous prose, SAPPHIRE'S GRAVE is an astonishing work by an author poised to take the literary world by storm.

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Sapphire, born to a woman forced onto a slave ship and sold as a slave in eighteenth-century America, uses her indominable strength and defiant spirit to overcome the poverty and oppression of her life and passes on these qualities to her own descendants, in a powerful story of the links between women and their female ancestors in generations of African-American women. A first novel. Reprint.

About the Author

\HILDA GURLEY-HIGHGATE is an attorney in Detroit, Michigan. This is her first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307419217
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Fiction : General
Author:
Highgate, Hilda Gurley
Author:
Hilda Gurley-Highgate
Author:
Gurley-Highgate, Hilda
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
African American families
Subject:
Women
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
Women slaves
Subject:
Sierra leone
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20031223
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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"Synopsis" by , Sapphire, born to a woman forced onto a slave ship and sold as a slave in eighteenth-century America, uses her indominable strength and defiant spirit to overcome the poverty and oppression of her life and passes on these qualities to her own descendants, in a powerful story of the links between women and their female ancestors in generations of African-American women. A first novel. Reprint.
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