For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that carries them through. At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbis daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owners daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddlers apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free. In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning. In her debut novel, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing. A relevant work of love, determination, and the many small achievements that make up greatness, House of Rougeaux draws a new map of what it means to be family....
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House of Rougeaux Reviews
[Honest rating: 4.5/5 stars]
Got a copy of this book from NetGalley.
There's always a reason why I pick a book, with very few exceptions. The reason for my picking this book goes against the saying, "Never judge a book by its cover." [Of course, the occasional turnarounds are obviously there.] But I liked what I saw on the cover and the blurb. So I requested a copy, not really thinking I'd actually be able to read it.
But now, I'm thankful I read it.
"House of Rougeaux" puts down a heaviness in the ...more
I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads giveaways program. This novel is an excellent tale of a complex family through the generations. It is expertly written and rich in small details that connect the individual stories over time. The only drawback was the chronology - as the story switched characters, I found myself frequently referring to the family tree in the beginning of the book to remind myself of how the characters were connected genealogically. Despite this slight ...more
House of Rougeaux opens with the brutal rape and murder of a young mother right outside the door of the hut where her small children huddle in fear. Abeje and her older brother Adunbi - with barely 10 years of age between them - are left to fend for themselves as slaves on a Caribbean sugar cane plantation in late 18th century Martinique.
With the help of the other slaves, the orphans are given enough food to eat until they can work and earn their own small portion.
As she grows, Abeje discovers t ...more
I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway - thank you!
This book was all right. Perhaps it was just a little too mystical/magical for me. We weren't allowed any deep insight into the characters feelings, and for that reason I never felt any connection to the characters. The stories were just laid out in front of you, lacking a bit in thoughts, emotions and feelings. It was also hard to keep the characters straight, so I found that a bit distracting.
House of Rougeaux is an engaging, well written multi-generational family saga. The author explores key issues relating to slavery, racial and gender discrimination, homosexuality and family. At times the book suffers from heavy-handed literary stratagems, yet is overshadowed by Jaeckel ‘s skill at storytelling. Keep an eye out for future work by this talented new author.
An unusual book in story and writing style, which is concise without overwhelming detail, and yet, there are nice details. The story moves along quickly, changing narrators in one family and the eras in which they lived. There is some "magic" woven throughout in that some of the family members have the ability to heal and know what is in another's heart. These members are born with a subtle gift -- an ability to see and understand something that another person has never told them, and the abilit ...more
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. The description intrigued me and I hadn't heard of the author before which for me is always a selling point as I'm always looking for new authors to read. (which makes it hard when I do fall in love with an author and want to read all their books - it really makes my TBR list grow faster than my read pile!)
House of Rougeaux is a story set in different eras with a variety of characters, all women from the same family. This was an interesti ...more