A Free State: A Novel Tom Piazza

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A Free State: A Novel  by  Tom Piazza

A Free State: A Novel by Tom Piazza
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The author of City of Refuge returns with a startling novel of race, violence, and identity.The year is 1855. Blackface minstrelsy is the most popular form of entertainment in a nation about to be torn apart by the battle over slavery. Henry Sims, aMoreThe author of City of Refuge returns with a startling novel of race, violence, and identity.The year is 1855.

Blackface minstrelsy is the most popular form of entertainment in a nation about to be torn apart by the battle over slavery. Henry Sims, a fugitive slave and a brilliant musician, has escaped to Philadelphia, where he lives by his wits and earns money performing on the street. He is befriended by James Douglass—leader of the Virginia Harmonists, a minstrel troupe struggling to compete with dozens of similar ensembles—who senses that Henrys skill and magnetism could restore his shows sagging fortunes.

The problem is that black performers are not allowed to appear onstage, even in Philadelphia. Together the two concoct a dangerous masquerade to protect Henrys identity, and he creates a sensation in his first appearances with the Harmonists. Yet even as the troupes fortunes begin to improve, a brutal slave hunter named Tull Burton has been employed by Henrys former master to track down the runaway and retrieve him, dead or alive.A Free State is both a riveting chase novel and a searing parable of liberty and its costs.

Charged with narrative tension and unforgettable characters, A Free State is a thrilling work by a novelist at the height of his powers.



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