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"New Orleans, May 1862. The largest city in the ill-starred confederacy has fallen to Union troops under the soon-to-be-infamous General Benjamin 'the Beast' Butler ... When twelve-year-old Joseph Woolsack disappears from his home, he draws into the unrest his mother Elise, a mixed-race woman passing for white, and his father Angel, whose long and wicked life is drawing to a close. What follows forces mother and son into a dark new world: Joseph must come to grips with his father's legacy of violence and his growing sentiment for Cuban exile Marina Fandal ... Elise must struggle to maintain a hold on her sanity, her son, and her own precarious station, but is threatened by the resurgence of a troubling figure from her past"
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802123619
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: ix, 339 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 11, 2015

Bum, bum, ba, boom, ba da, boom---did you think "Disturbia"- I mean "Secessia",-
is a straight forward action romance and/or adventure set during the Civil War? Think again. "Secessia" is set in a phantasmorgic New Orleans, in a style that resembles Faulkner's "difficult" prose. It begins with Elise, a beautiful African-American woman who is passing for white, and gradually blooms to include her husband, her son, a disease mad doctor who is obsessed with her, a Cuban girl, "The Tempest', and then the General himself, whose infamous rule of the defiant Confederate city earned him the name Ben "The Beast" Butler. Civil War buffs and Faulkner fans will find plenty to like here (though the sex scenes are more explicit than Faulkner was ever allowed). We're in the city of wonder with "Secessia".


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