- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Field Order Press; 1 edition (March 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692287736
- ISBN-13: 978-0692287736
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 220 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ForewordReviews 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist
"A five-star literary work..." -- San Francisco Book Review
"The Truth About Awiti engages and rivets the reader into its well-told story. But more so, and in the tradition of Octavia Butler(Parable of the Sower; Kindred), Patrick employs speculative fiction to offer answers, redemption, restitution, and even a good measure of revenge." -- QBR The Black Book Review
CP Patrick supplies the reader with a comprehensive understanding of slavery, the misuse of power, and the effects of insatiable greed... Patrick interweaves historical facts with the spiritual aspects in a most intriguing way. This book is simply compelling - you will never forget it. --Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
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"I try to be fair to my characters. With my research and their experiences. I owe it to them to be as accurate as possible when writing historical fiction. The character is fiction but the history - it's real." - CP Patrick
"If you're looking for a beautiful marriage of supernatural and slave fiction this is the book to choose."
"The Truth About Awiti represents a new way of discussing the African diaspora and the lasting impact it has had on Black people around the world and our society as a whole."
"It's been a long time since I've read a book so captivating. The Truth About Awiti is a thoroughly engrossing, simply riveting book..."
"A book steeped in historical horror and relevance, this is definitely a debut you do not want to miss."
"This is one of the most enjoyable historical fiction books I have ever read. CP Patrick's vivid imagery and emotive storytelling kept me engaged throughout the book."
"This book is amazing, and by far one of the best books I've ever read. It showed me a different perspective on life before, during, and after slavery, and the heavy incorporation of historical elements makes the text all that much more real. CP Patrick's prose and the connections that she leaves the reader to draw keep the pages turning and the wheels spinning in total submersion of slave and post-slavery culture."
"I read The Truth About Awiti as part of a class, and it inspired some great discussions and a lot of thought about slavery and its legacy. I would recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to English and History teachers looking for a way to engage their students with the past."
"Such a great book. It's been a while since I've had trouble putting a book down like this one. Such vivid imagery, and a wonderfully multi-faceted account of the way slavery continues to affect the American people. Thank you CP Patrick!!!"
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I finally came to realize, I'd developed a sort of 'Love/Hate' relationship with the book. I became entranced in what felt like a lilting, poetic, historical emprise, bearing a sense of both melancholy and triumph. The story is powerful, emotional, upsetting even. I quickly understood why it received so much acclaim.
The book is an atheneum of lives, a collection of entries from the living and the dead, spanning hundreds of years. Stories of how White Faces ravaged villages, warriors chained together while witnessing the rapes and murders of mothers, wives and daughters. Even mutinous battles on the sea where adulterous activities were commonplace. Each entry carried a theme, a purpose, that either told of a wrong, the dealing of wrong, revenge, remorse and acceptance. Most of them spoke or concerned Awiti, a bi-racial young woman who was gifted with powers of immortality. With her power, she exacted revenge, through billowing waves on the seas to wash away evil sailors, or thunderstorms of wind and rain on land. She creatively did so much more, but her sole purpose was to give those who'd done wrong to the Africans of the world what they deserved. She went everywhere, filled with a bitterness more hostile than any whipping from the Master, and made them pay... Other times, someone was who never imagined they had the strength to run away were blessed with a determination beyond their own ability. It didn't come from God, but from someplace within. Girls joined revolutions, men fought to the death, while others found a peace that allowed their their disembodied spirits to curl up in a nook of acceptance in the Bahamas.
It's hard to say I enjoyed this book, because it's not one where you say, "Girl! You have got to read this book- it's so good!" Not that it's not, but it's one that leaves you sad. Sad and frustrating because, as the reader, you know many of these tales are based on actual facts. The act of slavery, the punishments for seeking what was a born-given. It hurts. Whether black, white, or any other nationality, it affects you as you read (meaning the author did her job well).
I think this is the longest review I've ever written. Like I mentioned earlier, I didnt know what to say or how to share it. So I guess I'll leave close this with, if you are a lover of historical fiction and you have the heart to read the happenings of this book- you won't be disappointed. It's a book like no other!
Book provided by author for an honest review.
awiti, the heroine of the story, born in a peaceful african village of flowers and tranquility has power over the rain. when tragedy strikes her village with the arrival of slave traders, the separation from her family fills her with grief followed by anger, an anger which seethes into hatred and revenge when later betrayed in love, she is given the gift of immortality and her power over rain strengthens. she becomes able to control violent storms and hurricanes. each hurricane she unleashes is an actual storm which occurred, from the 18th century to hurricane andrew and hurricane katrina.
awiti’s chronicle of devastation is arranged by CP Patrick in a series of vignettes told by different characters, each chapter a separate tale, of vengeance wreaked on slave owners or their progeny generations later. as with the flood in the book genesis, the innocent are not spared.
i’m reminded of the world portrayed in the first two the novels by jerzy kozinski, The Painted Bird and Steps, a world of evil negotiated by a young innocent. awiti’s dilemma isn’t a matter of survival, her supernatural powers make her dangerous. throughout the centuries awiti neither ages nor emotionally mature. the question is will she ever find a love strong and as lasting as her hatred and vengeance within the limitations of her immortality.