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River sing me home / Eleanor Shearer.

Shearer, Eleanor, (author.).


"Rare. Moving. Powerful. This beautiful, page-turning and redemptive story of a mother's gripping journey across the Caribbean to find her stolen children in the aftermath of slavery marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent. Her search begins with an ending.... The master of the Providence plantation in Barbados gathers his slaves and announces the king has decreed an end to slavery. As of the following day, the Emancipation Act of 1834 will come into effect. The cries of joy fall silent when he announces that they are no longer his slaves; they are now his apprentices. No one can leave. They must work for him for another six years. Freedom is just another name for the life they have always lived. So Rachel runs. Away from Providence, she begins a desperate search to find her children-the five who survived birth and were sold. Are any of them still alive? Rachel has to know. The grueling, dangerous journey takes her from Barbados then, by river, deep into the forest of British Guiana and finally across the sea to Trinidad. She is driven on by the certainty that a mother cannot be truly free without knowing what has become of her children, even if the answer is more than she can bear. These are the stories of Mary Grace, Micah, Thomas Augustus, Cherry Jane and Mercy. But above all this is the story of Rachel and the extraordinary lengths to which a mother will go to find her children...and her freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593548042
  • ISBN: 0593548043
  • Physical Description: 322 pages : map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: Berkley hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Good Morning America Book Club pick!"--Cover.
Subject: Slaves > Emancipation > Caribbean Area > Fiction.
Mother and child > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Caribbean Area > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 42 of 47 copies available at SPARK Libraries.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Juniata County. (Show)


  • 4 current holds with 47 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Juniata County Library F SHE (Text) 39640100654050 JUNM Fiction Available -
Abington Community Library FICTION SHEARER (Text) 50687011814616 Adult Fiction Available -
Albright Memorial Library FICTION SHEARER (Text) 50686016270899 Adult Fiction Available -
Allentown Public Library SHEARER, ELEANOR (Text) 34455007002484 Adult Fiction Available -
Altoona Area Public Library F SHE (Text) 33240005156966 Adult Fiction Available -
Bangor Public Library F SHE (Text) 75011000388667 Adult Fiction Available -
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library F She (Text) 37171000195749 Adult New Books Available -
Bethlehem Coolidge Branch f (Text) 33062009723702 Adult Fiction Available -
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009682775 Adult Fiction Checked Out 07/25/2024
Bethlehem South Side Branch f (Text) 33062009688285 Adult Fiction Available -

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