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The Revisioners: A Novel by Margaret…

The Revisioners: A Novel

by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

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Following her National Book Award-nominated debut novel,A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with this equally elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free herself from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine's family. Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine's descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha's behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine's converge. The Revisioners explores the depths of women's relationships--powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core,The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.… (more)



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Excellent book. Not sure if I understood all the references. Not sure what happened to some of the characters. Would have liked a chart to see the family ties ( )
  shazjhb | Jan 14, 2020 |
A quick read, and well worth your time. The story goes back and forth in time, but there are only 3 time periods, so it doesn't get confusing. The ancestors' struggles and accomplishments are evident in the present day storyline showing how one's life choices can affect generations to come. Beautifully told stories that teach lessons. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Jan 5, 2020 |
This is a multi-generational novel, that follows several different timelines, beginning in the Civil War/slavery era, then into 1920s, New Orleans and then follows these descendants into current times. The author masterfully weaves these stories together, emphasizing the African American experience, and their constant struggle, witnessing very little change over the many turbulent, decades. An impressive work. ( )
  msf59 | Dec 7, 2019 |
Strong mother, daughter bonds. They were once slaves, but a future generation will own their own property. In Louisiana, how free is actually free when one is black, even if they do own land of their own? Slavery, escaping from slavery and a freedom that is not in only the seems but for these women, in the unseen as well. A power passed down to future daughters. The lasting effects of slavery and the power and barbarity of the KKK.

The novel is clearly written, powerfully written and though it moves backwards and forwards in time, I found this effective for this story. It is not a story with a clear cut plot, but one where it is the women, their stories that are the main focus. How a mother is always present for the daughter, dead or living, never forgotten. Although the slavery sections are never easy to read, it is a hopeful novel, one where each generation is aware of the sacrifices of the prior generation. It is a novel of love, again love that is seen, but also the love that everyone cannot see. I felt this was an authentic novel, no cliches, nor over dramatization. Just a solid, good read. ( )
  Beamis12 | Dec 6, 2019 |
This is the author's second book that contains multitudes. Her debut novel, A Kind Of Freedom, non-linearly told a story of four generations; this one goes back to 1855 and a secret group, the Revisioners, taking Harriet Tubman's Moses path and sending off one member per year to attempt escape from a Louisiana plantation. Throughout the family history, white men, as oppressors and partners, abandon the women of the family, or worse. The 1920s finds widow Josephine, former Revisioner and now a free landowner, owning and managing a farm until a white family moves next door and summons the Klan. In 2017 New Orleans, descendant Ava moves in to care for her white grandmother Martha, who is receding into vicious racism via dementia. Ava's mother Gladys is a powerful doula who cares for the souls and bodies of a group of pregnant girls while contending with strong visions of ancestor Josephine. The success and tragedy in all three lives is filled with poetry in the form of hymns and chants and the spirits of the ancestors. ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 26, 2019 |
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