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As Far as Blood Goes [Kindle Edition]

Rochelle Hollander Schwab
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Book Description

Michael’s white master is also his father, but his master “don’t care nothin’ 'bout that,” Michael knows, making up his mind to run up North. Reaching a free state at last, he achieves the near impossible – becoming a physician. But the Passage of the Fugitive Slave Law brings slave-catchers hunting him down. Can he escape slavery a second time – this time with his white half-brother’s help? The riveting prequel to A Different Sin.

Editorial Reviews


"In her hero, Michael Mabaya, Schwab has found an appealing, three-dimensional character... As Far as Blood Goes is strong, evocative fiction in the tradition of John Jakes." -- Alexandria Gazette Packet, June 17, 1988.

From the Publisher

Rochelle H. Schwab is a truly gifted storyteller. In this extraordinary first book, Rochelle H. Schwab writes with power, insight and conviction... and a sense of history that puts the reader into the scene....into the times and the experience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orlando Place Press (February 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AKY5IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written historical novel April 16, 2010
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I just finished reading As Far As Blood Goes on my Kindle ... on my HP Mini, actually, which is a new toy and syncs to my kindle books. I thought the story was great, and the characters well drawn. One thing critical to me in any book is that the characters must seem real to me, and some very popular current authors fall short in that regard, IMHO. In this story, although not all the characters were likeable, they all seemed like real flesh-and-blood people, making me believe that they and their story could well have been non-fiction. I would have hoped for more authentication, perhaps newspaper citings from the trial, either this one if it was real or similar ones from the era, because there was no doubt in my mind that the situation would have occurred with some regularity, with real people, if not actually Michael Mabaya. I would like for the story to have lasted just a little bit longer ... was sorry to see it end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, well-written reminder of our past! September 22, 2012
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Michael (Carter) Mabaya was born a slave in the household of his white physician father who had forced himself on his slave mother. He grew up together with David, his white half-brother. Their father repeatedly refuses to acknowledge Michael but is equally deaf to David's wants and needs. Michael would like to be a doctor, David an artist. Both are thwarted by a father who refuses to allow Michael to learn to read and David to study anything but medicine or law. Michael, the stronger personality, learns to read on his own. He wins the right to work in the medical office run by his father, whom he addresses as Doctor Carter, and learns much about the art of medicine.
When Michael begins to teach his fellow-slave friends to read he is caught and severely whipped, which cements his desire to escape slavery. He eventually succeeds, finds a way to study medicine and becomes a doctor associated with Boston's prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital. His pioneering research is recognized throughout the profession. But Michael is still a fugitive, an escaped slave....
The characters in this novel are complex. Doctor Carter is not evil. He is merely misguided by his own beliefs. Michael is not perfect. He is very human in responding as the child who has been seriously and repeatedly wronged. Lesser characters are just as plastic ... James Harrison, the über-villain, suffers from mental illness. Michael's fellow-student, fellow physician and fellow researcher, the Jewish Isaac Marks is able to relate to Michael's tribulations and ready to help but is his own person. Many residents of Boston, black and white, are active in the abolition movement and the reader is introduced to quite a number of them. But we also learn of the shameful laws thwarting their efforts in the 1850s ...
This novel is a classical piece of historical fiction. It is well-written, tightly paced, and yes, a page-turner. I loved it and highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 4, 2013
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Would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys slave books. Look forward to more books from this author. She did a great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 31, 2013
By Jerster
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You can tell by the writing, that the author is very considerate. So just go ahead and read it. It'll make you think
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, interesting viewpoint February 13, 2013
By Judy
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Early 1800's, Negro slave Michael, born in the home of a white doctor in Virginia, is quite intelligient, teaching himself to read and write which is against the law, makes several attempts to escape to a northern free state, and finally succeeds. Education, though mostly self taught, is his salvation as he establishes a new life in a free state becoming a doctor and serving on many abolition committees. His perseverance is most admirable. Really enjoyed this book told from an unusual view point, reminding me of another good read....The Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibraham.
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More About the Author

Rochelle Hollander Schwab grew up in the Bronx, but traveled to Ohio to attend Antioch College. One evening at a Friday night folk dance she said hello to a couple she knew who lived in town. "Hi," they replied, "Do you know Dick Schwab?" Another dance began, and they danced away. Dick didn't dance, so he and Rochelle stood and talked, then went out for pizza. A few months later they stood together again -- under a canopy at their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.

The latest of Rochelle's four novels also features a wedding -- a traditional Jewish lesbian wedding! In A Departure from the Script, the protagonist is a Jewish mother who helps her lesbian daughter plan her wedding to her partner -- behind her husband's back. If this isn't enough tsuris (Yiddish for aggravation) for one person, mom finds herself falling for another woman. It's a comic novel, but with something serious to say about love, marriage and family, and even includes discussion questions for reading groups.

Her earlier novels are: In a Family Way, which focuses on a custody fight over the child of a lesbian couple after the birth mother is killed; A Different Sin, a gay romance set against the background of the Civil War; and As Far as Blood Goes, the story of a fugitive slave who becomes a doctor. As might be guessed, Rochelle is a strong supporter of GLBT equal rights, and recently has written a few op-eds supporting marriage equality -- one of which was included in a college textbook on writing.

She's active in the Washington DC chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and enjoys biking, walking and visiting grandchildren. No children or pets left at home (unless a retired husband counts.)

She's the same person as Rochelle H. Schwab, by the way. Her first book was published as a mass market paperback, and her publisher thought her name was too long to fit on the cover!

And she's finally replaced her author photo from the last millennium. This one was taken with a cellphone camera at the Alexandria Democrats dinner dance celebrating President Obama's inauguration.

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