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Libertie

by Kaitlyn Greenidge

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Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
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    Mar 2021, 336 pages

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In her second novel, Kaitlyn Greenidge explores the bond between a mother and daughter living in Brooklyn during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.

Kaitlyn Greenidge burst onto the literary scene in 2016 with her award-winning novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman. This brilliant debut wove together an intimate story of family relationships with a larger narrative about the interplay of race, history and language. Now, Greenidge has followed up with an equally ambitious and no less compelling historical narrative that explores both family dynamics and the history of race in the Americas.

Libertie has always known, on some level, that she is participating in history. She is the daughter of Cathy Sampson, a Black woman practicing medicine during and after the Civil War in a community of free Blacks in Brooklyn. Dr. Sampson often uses her expertise to heal the physical scars of those who have escaped slavery (sadly, their mental scars are far more difficult to remedy). After the war, Dr. Sampson helps found a hospital for women, ...

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