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Come August, Come Freedom

By Gigi Amateau

An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosser’s Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary man’s life.

In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel’s early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother’s devotion, a father’s passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master’s son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel’s love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.

  • From award-winning author Gigi Amateau, author of Claiming Georgia Tate, A Certain Strain of Peculiar, and Chancey of the Maury River.
  • For those interested in Antebellum south, historical fiction, US history, and heroic characters.
  • Introduces young adult and middle-grade readers to an oft forgotten part of US history brilliantly told with warmth and a true voice for 1800 Virginia slave rebellion leader Gabriel, born into slavery and an educated blacksmith. Amateau writes with authority and a genuine understanding of the daily details and politics of antibellum Virginia and the hardships and bravery of one man who fought to change the tide of history.

About the author

Gigi Amateau is the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, Chancey of the Maury River, and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Bon Air, Virginia.

ISBN: 9780763647926
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Dimensions: 139 x 196mm, 240pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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