- File Size: 3824 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Media (January 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0789L3T7Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Oney: My Escape From Slavery Kindle Edition
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Author: Diana Rubino & Piper Huguley
Publisher: Endeavour Media
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Oney: My Escape From Slavery" by Diana Rubino & Piper Huguley
This story will leave one with so many emotions in this well told historical fiction story about Oney. These two authors really give the readers quite a read [escaping from slavery] where you will see good times and also horrible times that happened around Oney Judge as she seeks her freedom from a most powerful family of the United States. "Oney" is definitely one of those reads that will give you a lot to ponder over long after the read. I will also say this is one of those stories that you will have to be ready for because there is a little bit of it all as one can imagine from the title of the novel "Oney: My Escape From Slavery."
Despite the relative comfort Ona enjoyed as the first First Lady’s personal slave, the authors show us how devastating her status was. Though being treated kindly, Ona couldn’t know whether some innocent action or statement of hers would result in her being sent back to field work or being sold. Rubino and Huguley brilliantly showed us just how devastating being a slave was without having to show physical depravation.
Even though Ona wanted to be free, it took Ona overhearing a singular off-hand comment from Martha Washington for Ona to make the break for freedom.
We then learn of what happened to Ona as a free woman. I won’t spoil the story of what happened, except to say that Ona lived her adult life as a free woman and in spite of hardship, would not have traded that for slavery in comfort.
The one quibble I have is the emphasis on Ona’s slave years. I would have liked a fuller accounting of life as a free woman, especially to have her thoughts and feelings filled in as well as it was for her life in bondage.
In summary, I recommend this book. It kept me turning the page to see what comes next, and wishing I could have met Ona in life. I’m grateful to have met her in print.
This is the best book I've read so far this year and makes me want to seek out more fictionalized biographies of historical figures.
Thanks to the authors who capture more of the emotion of not only Oney but Martha Washington, these historical figures come alive. The descriptions of every day life for the Washingtons and those owned by them is excellent. Their motivations are explored in such a way the reader wonders what they would do in the situations described. History becomes page turning entertainment without stretching what might have been said or happened. Again, historical fiction done right. Oney is just that.
Oney is a woman of perseverance, grit and willingness to do what needs to be done to gain her freedom from the most famous and powerful man in the young country of America. Her love of family and longing for freedom shine brightly as I read. A page turner for me as well as an excellent history lesson (yes, I compared the information of non-fiction and fiction).
I am especially appreciative of the authors' creation of Oney's voice. Often fiction, especially historical, includes characters' voices being stereotypic, wince-worthy and disrespectful. Thanks to Dr. Huguley's scholarship and excellent partnering by both authors, I heard Oney's voice as a real person's.