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Up From Freedom

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Up From Freedom by Wayne Grady
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Aug 14, 2018 | ISBN 9780385685115

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“Powerful. . . . Forgiveness is not easy, nor is the story that Grady tells. . . . But at a time when racism and violence is still tearing at America—and Canada—it is a timely story that sheds light on how far we have and have not come. . . . [Up From Freedom] is a deeply layered story well told.” —Toronto Star

Up From Freedom is an exceptional novel. . . . [It] brings all of [Grady’s] skill as a writer to the page, and his story is one you will not forget.” —Waterloo Chronicle 

“This is a moving and eye-opening reminder of history’s deep scars. In the best tradition of Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead, Grady brings home the truth that there are no simplistic ways to combat and overcome deep-rooted hate and fear.” —Booklist, starred review

“Harrowing . . . [and] meticulously researched. . . . What does it mean to ‘own’ somebody? How much harm and violence are caused by that notion? What is ‘freedom’? What is ‘redemption’? Deep dives into the unsettling and murky past of one family.” —Margaret Atwood 

“In Up From Freedom, Wayne Grady has written an arresting novel about the United States bustling into the age of steam as it also drifts helplessly towards a catastrophic civil war. It is a novel that wisely, compassionately and movingly brings to vivid life a cast of characters, black and white, struggling in the snares of slavery and racism. It is a rare achievement, a novel that is both timely and timeless, a book that locates conscience and hope at the very center of human existence.” —Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of The Englishman’s BoyThe Last Crossing and A Good Man 

“Wayne Grady’s Up From Freedom pulls history from fiction and fiction from history in a way we very much need in these troubled, ever-evolving times. Focusing on the issues of race and self-identity on a continent built by whites on the backs of blacks forcibly removed from their continent, it examines not only the clash of two colors but the inevitable blending of them and its far-reaching and profound implications. The subject matter of the book comes to life on the printed page in this inter-generational, inter-racial book by way of a riveting narrative and a cast of complex, appealing characters. Up From Freedom is an important and engaging book.” —Wayne Johnston, author of the nationally bestselling Son of a Certain Woman

“Grady writes with such careful devotion to history and human character that the private conflicts in this story perfectly expose the racial tumult of the 1830s in America. His language is forthright; his point of view unsparing; and he guides us through the landscape of slavery by walking just ahead of it and holding up a mirror.” —Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase and A Reckoning 

“From its powerful opening scene, to its poignant finale, Up From Freedom captures both the heart and the intellect of the reader. Grady’s creation is a bright star in the literary universe. A wonderful and important achievement.” —Jane Urquhart, author of The Stone Carvers

“I was seduced into this story, into a search for redemption that opened up into a rich, complex world and a wonderful narrative of a man at the crossroads of change. Grady’s fully-realized characters left me always wanting to know more.” —Philip Akin, Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre Company

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