A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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Read A Kind of Freedom Online Free - Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War Two. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society and when she falls for no-name Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.

In 1982, Evelyn’s daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband’s drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie must decide if the promise of her husband is worth the near certainty he’ll leave again.

Jackie’s son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He finds something hypnotic about training the seedlings, testing the levels, trimming the leaves, drying the buds. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn’t survive the storm, and in its wake he was changed too. Now, fresh out of a four-month stint for possession with the intent to distribute, he decides to start over—until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal.

For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

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ISBN : 1619029227
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2017

Eleanor and her sister Ruby are sisters living in New Orleans. As Creoles they have a higher standard of living then many, their father a respected doctor, and as such they escape much of the racism inherent in the South. When Eleanor falls for a man, who has nothing, a man not her social equal,...

Jessica rated it ★★★★★

May 25, 2017

I love love love this book. The author tells a beautifully tragic story of young love, upward mobility, ambition, success, unrealized potential, and even mental illness across three generations of a New Orleans family. Throughout, she delicately and expertly balances heavy themes of race, class,...

Kasa rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

The end of slavery meant freedom, but not entirely. Life in 1944 New Orleans is far from ideal for this despite their privileged beginnings as the only Creole physician in the Seventh Ward. Nelson and his wife only want the best for their two daughters, but life doesn't always run the track we wa...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

I've been a bit more generous with my star ratings lately, but this novel is fully deserving of every single star. I'm reviewing this one for CHIRB and I'm trying to figure out how to possibly do this remarkable book justice. Another worthy contender for best book of the year. (I'll post the link...

Jamie rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

This is a remarkable book, covering three generations of an African American family in New Orleans. In the 40s of World War II, Evelyn - well off daughter of a doctor - falls in love with a poor but striving boy and has to manage her family's expectations as well as his deployment in the war to b...

Vanessa rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

If you are a lover of stories with expertly crafted prose, deeply complex characters and emotionally moving storylines, then A KIND OF FREEDOM is a must read! The author brilliantly navigates through three generations of a black family living in New Orleans and details both the family and societa...

Beverly rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2017

This was a 4 - 4.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly

Reading in Black & White rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

It didn't keep my attention like I hoped it would. Somewhere between 3.5 and 4. More to come!

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2017

I was a goodreads giveaway winner of " A Kind of Freedom" This book takes place over three generations of a family. It starts with Evelyn a Creole woman in New Orleans. It is the mid 1940s. Evelyn lives with her parents and sister Ruby. She starts dating a man Renard. She comes from privilege and...

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2017

Here's the thing about this debut: while the story Margaret Wilkerson Sexton tells of three generations in New Orleans is absolutely brilliant, the prose so beautiful at times I underlined phrases, what is most remarkable are the parts that she didn't include. It takes great skill to satisfy a re...

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