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An archetypal American story of self-discovery, set against the turmoil of post-Civil War America.


Sweet Song tells the story of the mixed-race son of a white landowner and a black house servant. Leon, raised black but an outcast from both cultures, finds himself suddenly on his own—and passing for white.


Wrestling with a divided heritage in a world where honesty, even with friends, might prove fatal, he falls in with dispossessed thieves, mill workers, saloonkeepers, musicians, businessmen, thugs, freedom loving idealists, and malevolent racists—a vivid panorama from America’s past.


This tender, raw, provocative novel speaks from the heart about where we’ve come from and who we are.


Sweet Song won a Silver IPPY Award for best historical fiction of the year.

Sweet Song - Paperback

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