First-time author Kent Wascom's The Blood of Heaven is a remarkable coming-of-age story set when the United States was struggling to form itself into a nation. The tale opens in New Orleans on January 26, 1861, at the time that the South secedes from the Union. This announcement compels 75-year-old Angel Woolsack to reminisce about his past and the changes to the country he's witnessed over the decades. He proceeds to narrate his life's story, beginning in 1799 when, as a thirteen-year-old boy, he accompanied his father throughout the American wilderness preaching the gospel to any settlers they could find. The book covers the next seven years of this young man's life years filled with violence and heartbreak, faith and betrayal, love and loss as he struggles to survive a harsh world in turn-of-the-century West Florida.
Wascom bases his story on the lives of three ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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