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It is Susie's granddaughter and namesake, Susan, who first leaves Montpelier. Not, of course, voluntarily: she is sold to a family living in Richmond. Chained in the back of a departing wagon, she "clenched her teeth and stared at the sky. How dare the day be so clear, so beautiful, on this, the worst day of her life." But as the Civil War erupts, Susan ponders the possibility of a more joyous liberation. As Briscoe makes clear, the prospect elicited a complex blend of emotions from many slaves--Susan, for example, has been lulled into considering herself a part (if a diminished part) of her white master's family. A Long Way from Home does occasionally fall back on the pat formulas of the television miniseries, and Briscoe doesn't manage to quite ignite Susan's conflicted feelings about bondage and freedom. But Susan's postwar travails do convey the reality that Reconstruction was not only a political process but also a painfully personal one. --Katherine Anderson
I find myself re reading this book about every few years or so, I keep it in my personal library.Published 10 months ago by nfs420
This is a great story of a young slave girl and her family. It is an easy book to read and interesting. I enjoy reading historical novels. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Patrice A. Pickering
This book was set during slavery and around the beginning and end of the Civil War. I have to say that I liked but also didn't like it if that makes sense lol. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by L. Coleman
I was surprised but basically this is a Cinderella story. Good read. Informative.
When I started reading this, I really thought I wasn't going to like it. Briscoe's overuse of the word "drat" and its derivatives turned me off so much and the use of proper... Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by Ms. 90
I remember reading this book at it's release in 1999 and it stuck to me for quite some time. I have thoroughly enjoyed Connie Briscoe previous books as well which were "Sisters and... Read morePublished on February 28, 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
I love reading books about the South. And, I'm a big history buff, so I really enjoy reading books that center around slavery and The Civil War era. This was really good. Read morePublished on June 4, 2006 by Kimberly A. Brown
This book was the best book I have read all year. It definitely was a good break from the same old scene that I normally read daily. Read morePublished on August 11, 2005 by Erica Dice
i got this book in the mail and i waited to read it big mistake once i started it i couldnt put it down this was a excellent book i love briscoe's writing style and i am a big fan... Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by I. miller