Sapphire's Grave

Sapphire's Grave

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Baker & Taylor
Sapphire, born to a woman forced onto a slave ship and sold as a slave in eighteenth-century America, uses her indominable strength and defiant spirit to overcome the poverty and oppression of her life and passes on these qualities to her own descendants, in a powerful story of the links between women and their female ancestors in generations of African-American women. A first novel.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1749 in Sierra Leone, a woman of fierce dignity is captured and forced onto a slave ship. On the harrowing voyage to the Americas, she is beaten for her unrelenting will and staunch pride. When she arrives, she gives birth to a daughter who is called Sapphire because of the "black-blue-black" complexion she shares with her mother. Sapphire has also inherited her mother's strength and defiant spirit, and despite a life lived in poverty and oppression, she grows up to mother several daughters of her own. Even when tragedy strikes and part of Sapphire dies, her strength gives rise to a legend that will sustain the women who follow her, "each carrying something of her mother, her grandmother, her aunts; each passing on to her own daughters a blessing and cursing, the consequences of her choosing."

Baker
& Taylor

Sapphire, born to a woman sold as a slave in eighteenth-century America, uses her indominable strength and defiant spirit to overcome the poverty and oppression of her life and passes on these qualities to her own descendants.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780385503235
0385503237
Branch Call Number: FIC Gurley-Highgate, H 2003
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 25 cm

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