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- Print Length: 249 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1534936904
- Publication Date: August 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JHKC5JW
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About the Author
A. Robert Allen is a long-time resident of New York City and a higher education professional. A Wave From Mama is his second novel of historical fiction and volume two in his series, Slavery and Beyond. The impetus for the first volume, Failed Moments, was his personal genealogical research, which traced his family tree back hundreds of years and uncovered roots that were White, Black, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish. Failed Moments is a fictional account of his ancestors in 1790 during the slave revolution in what would become Haiti and later in 1863 during New York’s Draft Riots.Find out more about the author and his works at his website: http://arobertallen.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The main character, Venture Simmons tries to fit into society. His friends tried to help him along the way. A wonderful family takes him in after his mother dies. In 1889 in Brooklyn the Irishtown was filled with gangs, the Velvet Caps and the Hooks. The gangs were afraid the free blacks were trying to take their jobs.
The author, A. Robert Allen spent an intensive amount of time researching the making of the bridge, the gangs and the American Black Free People and writing his historical fiction novel. Venture Simmons the main character worked on the tall Brooklyn Bridge Towers along with other characters in the novel to build the bridge. The settings were well defined, the characters came to life, and a good plot was pulled together in an outstanding story.
The author sent me an audio book which is fantastic, narrated by Antonio Reyes who had many voices for all the characters which made the novel light up. I enjoyed the book written in four parts with short chapters making it easy to follow. At the end the author explained his research which was helpful. A small warning: The Irish talked pretty rough in this outstanding story.
The compassion the author used to describe what it felt like to be Black in Brooklyn in 1862 is the best description I ever read. Move over Mark Twain.
Given that exhaustive research and discovery of the complexities of time and change and mutations of thought and lines to which we all are inherent, Allen has created a condensation of all this in this brief but involving and poignant second novel A WAVE FROM MAMA. His synopsis serves the book well: ‘A former slave gets his dream job building the Brooklyn Bridge, but finds himself at war with the gangs of Irishtown. Will the corrupt Metropolitan Police save or sacrifice him? 1863 Weeksville, Brooklyn: The free Black community of Weeksville becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York’s Draft Riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awkward social habits make him an outcast to everyone in Weeksville, except the adopted family he swears to protect. When his step-brother is attacked, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle between the Irish Gangs and Whiskey Kings of Irishtown while the corrupt Metropolitan Police sit on the sidelines. The backdrop of the action is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the racial tensions of the period. Will the boy survive the ordeals of the day and achieve his dream of being a high-flying tower man on the bridge project? Or, will he become another victim of the Irish gangs and never know the joy of standing atop the tallest structure in North America?’
Reading FAILED MOMENTS and the followup A WAVE FROM MAMA is the privilege to reminisce about our own ancestry and despite all the current banter about immigration reform; we in America are all immigrants. Allen takes us through that discovery and in doing so has provided a very fine novel. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, August 16