From the author of Promise Bridge comes a powerful novel of the pre-Civil War era South and the Underground Railroad.
1839, North Carolina. As the daughter of a plantation owner, Jacy has been raised in privilege- until she discovers that she’s the offspring of a dalliance between her father and a slave. The revelation destroys Jacy’s sense of who she is and where she belongs in the world. Equally shocking, her biological mother and brother are still slaves on the property. As she gets to know them-and the handsome horse trainer, Rafe-she begins to see life in the South with fresh eyes. And soon Jacy will have to make a treacherous journey that she hopes will end in freedom for them all…
“Jacy Lane, you are nothing more than a foolish quarter moon!” These words are the earliest recollection I have of my mother and me as she yanked my unruly hair in a fit of frustration, unable to wrestle my braids into perfection. More than twenty years later, as I wept in the glow of a full and brilliant July moon, I felt the sting of being dull and incomplete in her eyes. Much like the sliver of a quarter moon, I was a fragment of what she had hoped me to be. When the crunch of boots approached me from the rear, I shivered with dread and despair in the knowledge that I was a mere shard of the woman I dreamed of being as well.