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A Million Nightingales Paperback – May 8, 2007
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Sold without warning, Moinette is carried to a plantation far from her mother, fearing she will never see her again. Their lives unbearable, some slaves dare to run, easily recovered with the aid of slave-catchers and rewards, dealt with severely: "Chiens de negre, chiens de renard. Dogs for blacks, dogs for fox." For Moinette, the years pass slowly, assaulted at every turn in a society that views her as property, her one chance at love lost because she cannot bear to leave her small son behind.Read more ›
She is sold to another plantation owner. Ripped from her mother and a somewhat sheltered life, Moinette becomes a sexual plaything to her new owner. Abused and sexual assaulted and raped, Moinette eventually gives birth, but is once again ripped asunder from a loved one when she is sold and her child remains behind. Her dreams keep her going that one day she, her mom, and her child will be reunited.
This is a fascinating yet horrifying look at the de jure plight of a black female slave who must suffer sexual assault and humiliation. Adding to the overall feel of debasement is the comparisons to the lifestyles of her mistress. Though Moinette seems too enlightened about her place in society, readers will feel for her (impossible to fully empathize unless you lived the scene as being beneath the lowest rung of society) as historical readers get the rest of the story not included in the hasty books.
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After reading her book on the Bees, I was expecting more. The content of this book was interesting but the writing style wasn't enough to carry the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David W. Kimball
A beautifully written account of one African-American woman's life and of women's realities in 18th century Louisiana. Atmospheric and haunting.Published on October 19, 2013 by Elinor
Straight dredges her rich imagination and empathy to portray mean, desperate lives in late 18th century Louisiana of slaves, plantation owners, their daughters and wives.Published on April 24, 2013 by Jill
A Million Nightingales allows the reader to feel the weight of the stories of three generations of women bound by slavery through the heart of the last of the last slave of her... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by robert mattson
Poetically written, with captivating characters. Many to keep track of, so I felt the need to make notes. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by lucy
Recently while listening to NPR Susan Straight was being interviewed. She sounded so interesting I wrote her name down and ordered "A Million Nightingales". Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Wendy S.
Moinette is born south of New Orleans to a slave mother as a mulatresse-she is half white and half black. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by AMM
Moinette will make you think twice before uttering a racial slur or thinking that African Americans are lucky because they got free passage here. Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by mariwinn
Told in lyrical prose, Susan Straight's "A Million Nightingales" is a deep exploration of Moinette's life as a female slave in Louisiana. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Buecherwurm