I have been to hangings before, but never my own.
Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon "Persy" Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth-his truth. He may be guilty, but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master's wife.
In 1860, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking, light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army's attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas. So began Persy's journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way, he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.
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"Narrator JD Jackson's resonant voice enriches this graceful yet heartbreaking story of a freed slave who is facing the hangman's noose. It's a decade after the Civil War, and Persimmon Wilson recounts his life as slave, a Comanche prisoner, and a Texas ranch hand. Jackson conveys Persy's deep wretchedness, which comes from having lost Chloe, the love of his life, and depicts Persy's tireless search for the light-skinned house slave who was forced into intimate service for their white master. Jackson magnificently portrays Persy's intelligence and power. But his tendency to drop his volume on occasional individual words makes comprehension a bit tricky amid ambient noise. Otherwise, this is an excellent performance. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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