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This astonishing novel takes us on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course across two centuries and three continents, from ancient Africa into today's America. Here, through the lives of Mother Africa's many daughters, we come to understand the real meaning of roots: the captive Proud Mary, who has been savagely punished for refusing to relinquiThis astonishing novel takes us on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course across two centuries and three continents, from ancient Africa into today's America. Here, through the lives of Mother Africa's many daughters, we come to understand the real meaning of roots: the captive Proud Mary, who has been savagely punished for refusing to relinquish her child to slavery; Earlene, who witnesses her father's murder at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan; Big Momma, a modern-day matriarch who can make a woman of a girl; proud and sassy Cinnamon Brown, whose wild abandon hides a bitter loss; and smart, ambitious Alma, who is torn between the love of a man and the song of her soul. In The River Where Blood Is Born, the seen and unseen worlds are seamlessly joined--the spirit realms where the great river goddess and ancestor mothers watch over the lives of their descendants, both the living and those not yet born. Stringing beads of destiny, they work to lead one daughter back to her source. But what must Alma sacrifice to honor the River Mother's call? "From the Trade Paperback edition."...

Title : The River Where Blood Is Born
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ISBN : 9781299245587
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 193 Pages
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The River Where Blood Is Born Reviews

  • Mary Jean Phillips
    2019-04-12 18:11

    Following nine generations of women from Africa, through the slave triangle, into the US and civil rights movements, and back to Africa, The River Where Blood is Born is ambitious, if nothing else. Jackson-Opoku takes the reader from the gateway to the afterlife, to the deep African bush, to the underground railroad through the enslaved American South, to cosmopolitan 1920's Montreal, to the West Side of Chicago, and through many more times and places. She executes this with grace on account of her control of voice and character, and her seemingly effortless ability to recreate settings. Each woman's story could stand as its own short story, or novella in Alma's case, but the interludes between them help tie the narrative together.That said, it definitely reads like a first novel. It wanders and embellishes. The book stalls about 2/3 of the way through; the ending feels rushed and truncated, and is not as satisfying as she alludes to throughout the book.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-05 21:30

    I absolutely hate not finishing a book but I simply cannot read this any further. I was lured by the 4.3 star rating and had high hopes of a solid enjoyable read before my next school semester begins, however I am half way through and still do not care for any of the characters. The story is choppy and has no flow. Many of the characters have more than one name making the narrative difficult to follow. If I am going to read for pleasure I really want to enjoy it. Perhaps it all pulls together in the end, alas I will not find out.

  • Marva
    2019-03-28 20:37

    I think Sandra Jackson-Opoku is a goddess on earth. I love the way she tells stories; her book, Hot Johnny, is one of my absolute favorite books. The River Where Blood is Born spins like a web; it is meticulously written, all of the pieces coming together slowly. That is actually why I rated this book only 3. The characters were well developed, but the book took a couple of left turns that I felt unnecessary and not contributory to the overall story.

  • Kendra Rochelle
    2019-03-28 19:36

    I love this book and I often refer to it's stories of where babies come from and how we remember things as children and how we lose this ability the older we get. Really vivid descriptions, excellent writing.

  • Tondelaya
    2019-03-23 23:34

    Awesome book! A story of the African and African-American womans experience. I have read this book about 10 times and I think I will read it again soon.

  • Tisha White
    2019-04-18 22:27

    I read this for a book club I recently joined. It was a pretty intricate story, and it was hard to follow at times. This is one that will need a reread for sure; following nine generations of women is a pretty big task and I think she may have needed to expand the story to better explain the characters. My advice for this book is study the family tree in the beginning of the book, that helped me some.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-19 00:35

    This book follows generations of women from one family tree, and at times can be very confusing as to who they're talking about or how they are related to the other characters. However, once the book settles on a few characters it is very engaging and honest about men, love, and the way life can be for different women from different backgrounds. I also really enjoyed the folklore aspect of the river and the spider, and it was a more unique grounding force for a story of generations.

  • Jeri
    2019-04-01 22:24

    I read this book about 5 or more years ago and wished i would not have loaned it out! So stirring, it spoke to some of my hidden beliefs about ancestors guiding us thru life. Story line was tough to follow at times but it was an excellent read. I had forgotten about the author and hope that this book has a sequel or something similar! Excellent

  • Precious
    2019-04-14 01:38

    I didn't enjoy this. The idea was great but it ended up confusing me. Too many POVS and storylines. When I have to create a map to keep track, I'm done. I skimmed more than read after a while because it was overwhelming and long. If less characters were included, it may have been better. I may try to read this again now that I have more time. As for now, it wasn't for me.

  • Torry
    2019-04-10 00:27

    Great read with historical context.

  • Iejones
    2019-04-09 00:32

    This was the best historical fiction I have read -- EVER. I recommend it to anyone who loves the proses of a poet and the saga of family and identity.

  • Haila
    2019-04-05 23:16

    Beautiful story beautifully written. It captivated me.

  • Christie
    2019-04-17 02:31

    I beg of you..read this book. It was fantastic. I always think of this book when pondering whether to kill that spider or not..

  • Efundunke
    2019-03-28 23:37

    The life and foundations of womanhood with a spiritually fantastic twist.

  • Karma
    2019-03-25 21:13

    This was a MARVELOUS story about the geneology and lives of an African- American family!!! It traced it's roots from Africa to the West Indies and America and back to Africa.

  • Emi
    2019-04-15 19:33

    on of the books that has stuck with me all these years (read this when I was a junior? in college).

  • Bettie Thorne
    2019-04-13 00:32

    This book is difficult to follow.