A Million Nightingales by Susan Straight

By Susan Straight

From nationwide publication Award finalist Susan instantly comes a haunting old novel a few Louisiana slave girl's perilous trip to freedom.Daughter of an African mom and a white father she by no means knew, Moinette is a home maid on a plantation south of latest Orleans. At fourteen she is offered, separated from her mom and not using a probability to assert see you later. vibrant, ingenious and good conscious of every thing she dangers, Moinette straight away starts to arrange for a chance to flee. encouraged by means of a real tale, A Million Nightingales portrays Moinette’s experience–and the treacherous global she needs to navigate–with unusual richness, intricacy, and drama.

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Nothing but aggression and selfishness and grog. It didn’t feel like he loved me. It was more like he hated me, wanted to attack me. Even in the old days, at school in Wirrawee, I’d noticed that a lot of boys who made a big deal about their girlfriends and their great sex lives seemed to have almost a hatred for girls. All at the same time. It was weird. But I felt the same thing in Adam. Lee was never like that. I was the one who’d stuffed him around. He’d always been generous with me. Like at the airport in New Zealand, walking back to the waiting area after we’d had our coffee.

Lee was on the opposite side of the street, so that if either of us wanted to warn the 50 Kiwis about something dangerous we could do it easily: I’d tell Tim as I went past him, and Lee would tell Ursula. We were going along Warrigle Road, not far from the Mathers’, and I knew I’d have to struggle not to be affected by that. We’d spent a lot of happy times at Robyn’s place: my parents and I had gone there for barbeques every few months, and one drought year, when our swimming dam dried up, I’d practically lived in their pool.

But we’re in quite a good spot. About a k and a half from the track. It’s a bit of a bush-bash to get to it. There’s no way there’ll be any soldiers around here though. ’ I was all set to lead them straight off into the bush but Iain pulled out his thin little flashlight and made me show him on the map where we were. I think he wanted to reassure himself that I knew what I was talking about. But Kay helped when she said: ‘She knows the place backwards, Iain. ’ I realised that to Kay, who was from Auckland, it must have seemed like magic.

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