Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate New York, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists as well as the grandson of Carolina slaveholders even more dedicated to their cause. Thus follows a childhood limned with fugitive slaves moving through hidden passageways in the house, and the inevitable distress that befalls his mother whenever letters arrive from her parents. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes--first into the cauldron of war and then into a bedlam more disturbing still. In a vibrant display of literary achievement, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil War novel unlike any other.
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by Richard Powers
by Ronald Wright
"Wright squeezes nearly every feature of the nineteenth-century novel into this fat sausage of a book. Narrator Michael Emerson would be commended if he had merely gotten through it all without stumbling, but his flawless, controlled delivery becomes the thread for this rambunctious tale of a boy growing up with abolitionist parents and slave-owning grandparents. A pirate in upstate New York? This story has one. North and South, politics and war vie together in this story, and Wright's allusive and heavily alliterative style may not be every listener's cup of tea. But once Emerson's steady delivery carries one through the early chapters, Wright's recreation of the moral controversy over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War is compelling. D.A.W. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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