The Abolitionist's Daughter immediately caught my eye when I saw the cover as I scrolled through the NetGalley list of books available for request. Its haunting imagery evoked a sense of anguish, and without even knowing what it was about, I knew I had to read it.
A poignant and powerful read, By the Light of Embers, by Shaylin Gandhi, is set in 1954 in the height of the Jim Crow era in the Southern United States. Lucia Lafleur has spent the last four years in Philadelphia attending university. On graduation, she and her best friend Gretchen Perry head south of the Mason-Dixon line to spend the summer in Bellefontaine, Louisiana at Lucia's parents home. With a backdrop of sprawling plantations and small town charm, Lucia's laidback summer plans quickly unravel around her.
Clayton Burroughs is spiraling fast in the aftermath of having to shoot his own brother, in an act as the McFalls County Sheriff. As Clayton struggles to come to terms with his actions, and convince himself that he's not a murderer, he is also being forced to face his family history.
Gentrification in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the 1960s. Taken by force by the city, the Second Ward, or Brooklyn as the locals often called it, was deemed a blight on Charlotte. According to those in power, it needed to go.
March 1984. Ten-year-old Lisa Cook disappears without a trace, and the last known person to see her alive is her Best Friend Forever, Kirsty Cooper.