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Confederado do Norte by [Pennell, Linda Bennett]
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Length: 362 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


5 Stars "A masterful work of adventure, romance, and independence..." In D'Tale Magazine, February, 2015

"...fresh, original, exotic, and intriguing...memorable and thought provoking..." Flashlight Comentary

2015 RONE Award Finalist and Honorable Mention in American Historical Fiction

[Mary Catherine's] is a life full of intrigue, heartbreak, joy, and is a full life that will take you on a journey right along with her." With Her Nose Stuck in a Book 

"I loved this book so much! Linda Bennett Pennell takes a little known piece of history and makes it come alive... [The] characters come alive with her poetic prose...This is a must read for all lovers of historical fiction." The Teddy Rose Book Reviews

From the Author

Mary Catherine's story is based on a footnote in American history. It is not widely known that between 20,000-40,000 defeated Confederates chose to immigrate rather than live with the terms of Reconstruction and the requirement that they take a loyalty oath in order to restore their citizenship. Instead, they departed for points farther south in Mexico, and Central and South America. The most lasting and recognizable group settled in and around Americana, Brazil where their descendants can still be found today. The Confederado descendants still celebrate their Confederate heritage, especially on festival days when they can be seen dressed in historically accurate gray uniforms and antebellum ball gowns and with the Stars and Bars on prominent display. While I do not agree with their ancestors' choices either before or after the war, I find their story fascinating.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2855 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (July 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Readers that seek out historical fiction, find obscure periods with lesser-known locations and events fascinating, and like to wrap their minds around complex family sagas, will be well served by Linda Pennell’s sprawling Confederado do Norte. While it doesn’t have maps or genealogical tables on the beginning and end pages, Confederado has the sweep of the great historical fiction of the past with some contemporary sensibilities. This book sheds light on the former Confederates who fled the south in the aftermath of the Civil War for new homes in Brazil. It spans time from the immediate post-civil war south to the rise of Nazi Germany; from the moment Mary Catherine MacDonald is wrenched from home in Georgia to her comfortable old age in New York.

The MacDonald family forms part of a party of Confederados fleeing Reconstruction to build new lives in Brazil at the invitation of that government. The dangers of uncultivated jungle pale next to the dangers of family tragedies, rivalries, and power struggles. Mary Catherine finds and loses those she loves over and over to greed, grudges, and intolerance. She finds love and loss across race, class, and time.

As a very young child her father’s weakness and inability to recover from his losses during the Civil War force her to realize, she can rely on no one but herself. “The realization that I might have to be my own rock hit me like a bucket of cold water,” she says. The book is the story of her struggle to do that, to accept love and loss, and to act rather than be victimized, often with unforeseen consequences for better or worse. In the end forgiving herself —and perhaps the plantation culture that spawned her—is her hardest struggle.

Recommended for historical fiction lovers and library collections.
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What life this, Mary Catherine's had. It's she, the protagonist's journey beginning at the age of nine, heading to Brazil, an unknown place but filled with the promise of a new life. Leaving behind is the Southern America who's lost in the Civil War.
What Mary Catherine faces in a decade or so of her young life is to most, unimaginable. Her grit to survive no matter what is admirable, and something to emulate.
The author has done a fantastic work in every way. I am not an expert at writing, but I think I know what is a great novel and a poor one. And this novel is a great work. There's nothing that can be bone picked dry. There weren't any "tripping" areas that interferes with the smooth flow, therefore requiring rereading previous paragraph. I dislike that immensely. The novel's tale must always be like the river's flow, and be free flowing without a dam. And this novel is a river. I've enjoyed it, a lot.
Also like a great novel, the romance need not require explicit love scenes. Loving scenes that are well crafted has the passion, and what two people share under the bed covers without the explicitness. We all know what goes on in sharing physical passion, therefore no need for the every scene dissected step by peeping tom steps. When an author retracts to this it lessens their work, making it cheap. Nothing but a porn at that point. Perhaps that's the sell point? Who knows.
Confederedo is a great novel. Fantastic journey to take with its strong female protagonist. Admirable.
I think that the readers would agree with my opinion.
Thank you for reading this, if you are. Enjoy the novel.
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What an awesome gem! This intriguing story of human struggle and survival kept me thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. Linda Pennell’s rich imagery transported me with Confederado do Norte into the jungle of Brazil. Thank you a very exciting read!
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Every once in a while I stumble over something different, something with a premise unlike anything I've ever seen, something like Linda Bennett Pennell's Confederado do Norte. I was familiar enough with the time period, but the setting and subject matter were fresh, original, exotic, and intriguing. I was hooked in a heartbeat and eager to see where the story might go.

I've not dedicated much study to the Reconstruction, but what little I know centers on Northern carpetbaggers and southern resentment, so I was fascinated to learn that several thousand Americans favored emigration to Brazil over life under Yankee rule. I thought Pennell's use of the Confederate legacy in South America inspired and was impressed with the cross cultural perspective her fiction afforded.

That said, the heart of Mary Catherine's story is not its framework, but its themes. Her emotional journey is long and arduous, but I liked how Pennell utilized it as a platform to explore concepts such as survival, struggle, family, loyalty and identity. This is a story designed to make its audience think, it is the kind of book that challenges its readers and that really appealed to me.

Pennell's writing wasn't easy for me to get into and I was frustrated with the extended time line of the narrative, but I find my difficulties of little consequence when weighed against the novel's strengths. Poignant, bold and ambitious, Confederado do Norte is a must for fans of post-Civil War lit and historic sagas alike. A memorable and thought-provoking piece that is sure to satisfy.
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