Two Wings to Hide My Face (Paperback)

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Two Wings to Hide My Face (Paperback)


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Award-winning author and journalist Penny Mickelbury returns to pre-Civil War Philadelphia to continue the powerful saga of Genie Oliver and Abigail Read.

In 1857 the US Supreme Court ruled that Blacks were not--and could never be citizens. Black lives were already in peril from the hooligans who would capture and sell them South under the protection of the Runaway Slave Act, even if they weren't runaway slaves. By 1861 Southern states spoke openly of seceding from the Union to form the Confederate States and protect what they believed was their right to own slaves. If the South were to win, slavery would become the law of the land. So for many Blacks, leaving was the only option.

Genie Oliver, who frequently dresses as a man to move about the city, is no longer safe in her disguise. White people find themselves just as imperiled for providing any assistance to Blacks--which means that the former Pinkerton's agent Ezra MacKaye, his fianc Ada Lawrence, and heiress Abigail Read, are in as much danger as Genie and her friends, the Juniper family.

Not knowing what to expect, Ezra, Ada, and the Juniper family join Genie and Abigail as they pack up their lives and head to Canada. Their goal is to stay at least one step ahead of the brutalities of the uncivil war, but can they outpace the dangers that cross their paths every step of the way?

PENNY MICKELBURY is a trailblazing author and an award-winning playwright. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat, and is a recipient of the Audre Lorde Estate Grant. Before focusing on literary pursuits, Penny was a pioneering newspaper, radio, and television reporter based primarily in Washington, D.C., wrote journalistic non-fiction and was a frequent contributor to such publications as Black Issues Book Review,, and the Washington Blade. In 2019 she joined the other members of the Washington Post's Metro Seven as an inductee into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Product Details ISBN: 9781612942773
ISBN-10: 1612942776
Publisher: Bywater Books
Publication Date: December 5th, 2023
Pages: 250
Language: English