About the book:
On the eve of his tenth birthday, a young slave’s life is turned upside down. The unthinkable events that led up to the day Oscar Mercer saw a hummingbird test the limits of this young boy’s body, mind and soul. Gripped with fear and filled with anger, Oscar faces raw, crushing hatred aimed at him and everyone he loves. In a time when a nation was ripped apart geographically, economically, politically and morally, comes a story of a courageous boy who began life as a slave on a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana and escapes via The Underground Railroad. Through the efforts and good will of kind, brave people determined to free slaves, Oscar faces devastating obstacles and dangers. Struggling with his inner impulse to seek revenge for the injustices and violence levied on his family and friends, he discovers that in bondage you pray to God, but in freedom, you meet Him. From the award-winning, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress comes a story that brings another cadre of memorable characters alive on pages that pulse with hatred and kindness, cruelty and compassion, despair and hope. Oscar’s journey on the Underground Railroad is a heart-pounding ride that the reader will remember long after this story ends.
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My two cents worth;
This as usual was an exceptional book by one of my favourite authors. A boy growing into a man, a man who has all the right in the world to hate but is taught and learns the lesson well that hating is a self-defeating act.
Amazing to me is how the author while giving every character his or her own unique voice still stays true to the central message of the book -We are all human, we all bleed red.
This is a book about suffering, loss, courage and triumph. Of the human will and the human spirit that is not contained by age. By race. By gender.
Read this book. I am sure everybody will take something else from it. And even if you don’t then you at least have a good read for an hour or four.
About the author:
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Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.