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Black Purse Paperback – August 20, 2011
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Never meets a stranger and is a magnet for children and animals, Stephanie has a history in Language Arts, pottery, sculpture and military service.
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Author: Stephanie M. Sellers
Reviewed by: Catalina Egan
From the very first this romantic suspense introduces you to Exilee; a young and passionate untamable woman of mixed race it is clear she is educated with awareness and loyalty biased to her Native American Indian heritage, and only tolerant of her African American and White. In Black Purse author Stephanie M. Sellers uses colorful foreshadowing and bold verbal brushstrokes to prepare the reader for Exilee's journey of extremes. She daringly covers all that can be found in the best and worst of us all: love, compassion, friendship as passionate as hate, and both betrayal and revenge.
In Cameron, North Carolina, in an Alfred Hitchcock type suspense, the various characters are full of layers and complexities, including the horses. The author's deep connection with horses is conveyed so completely to the reader, that at certain points the desire to saddle-up is unavoidable. Exilee is one of a number of characters through which the love and understanding of the distinctively named horses; Tiponi, Misun, Choctaw and MacGregor are explored. The horses are as far reaching in the story as any animal can be without being given an actual voice; their feelings and intent are strongly conveyed by their actions and reactions. The smells, tastes and feel of the North Carolina Horse country invite the reader to crave Southern food as well. Exilee's connection with her four legged companions allows them to communicate and interact in surprising ways, to the extent of believable telepathy.
The story paints a picture in which little known actual facts of the Underground Railroad are revealed. This is also true of the Lumbee's Native Americans, recognized as a tribe only by the State of North Carolina. These facts, with strong narration as well as diverse characters, fill the reader with possibilities of the Lumbee's true heritage as hard issues are tackled in a strong and direct manner as characters discuss, experience and struggle with their sentiments on prejudice, race, sexuality and American values.
The juxtaposition between all that is good in America is portrayed by the Crowson family whom you'll want right next door and would be honored to call friends. This is fittingly contrasted with all that is wrong in America as represented by others and mostly by the Wilkes family which is bound to raise some eyebrows and create heated discussions.
The book is sure to affect the knowledgeable horse lover as well as one not as familiar. The reader will certainly finish the story with a strong understanding of the bond between people and horses. The absolute awareness that animals display through their sense of smell and realize who is to be trusted and who is to be feared super-exceeds that of their human counterparts. And in the end you'll definitely want a steady steed by your side as that lunatic bent on revenge learns the truth about the origins of Lumbee Indians. I recommend Black Purse to anyone that is interested in horses, self-existential exploration, psychohistory, the rural South and its rich and sometimes, controversial culture.
The sequel, Bruce Black, due out in 2012 is sure to be as colorful and entertaining as Black Purse.
M.C.V. Egan, 17 Sept 2011
I thought this book was difficult to read and to review, but a good story all the same. I had a hard time following from the end of a chapter to the beginning of the next chapter. The author left too much hanging at the end of one chapter and jumped right into the next event without letting the reader know how we got there. Nevertheless, as I said before, the story grabbed me and I had to keep reading. There were some references to body parts that I feel could have been omitted, and the drunkenness was a bit overdone. It was also difficult to understand what was evidently a slang used by the Native Americans in that area.
The story shed light on two cultural and social issues that are even today not understood. I could feel disgust and anger at the slurs and ugly comments made to Exilee regarding her heritage and to Jake regarding his homosexuality. The author did a good job of championing their causes. It reflects well that 'Black Purse' is in all NC's state capital libraries. I would recommend this book as a good thriller that leaves you guessing right up to the end. I rate it a 3 out of 5.
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.