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
Intriguing family saga, beautifully read by Bahni Turpin, that traces the family from siblings on Martinique in the 1600s to 20th century Canada, US, and Europe. Jaeckel chronicles the lives of family members, considers social, cultural, political, and gender issues, and includes folklore, historical details, coming-of-age, and even a little mystery. The story moves at a steady pace but not along a strictly chronological timeline (which can be a bit confusing); well-developed, involving characte ...more
I won this novel from a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest review.
First things first, this novel was incredibly well written. From the very start, the narrative draws you in and the words flow smoothly. I love it when a book is able to easily and quickly engage you, and this book definitely does that. The book centers on a black slave family and the joys and struggles they face throughout multiple generations. It begins with two children who are slaves on a sugar plantation and follows them ...more
The House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is the story of a family from it's enslaved African ancestor to mid-century America, touching on the African-American experience over time, including slavery, cannon fodder in wartime, and the victim of hate crimes, but also traces the inherent skills, intelligence, and resilience that crosses generations. The story skips through time and place (Martinique, Montreal, New York City) in a non-linear presentation, with some generational stories more compell ...more
House of Rougeaux starts on a plantation on the island of Martinique, telling the story of Abeje and her brother Adunbi. It follows Adunbi's descendants as they move to Canada and the United States. Many of the female descendants have talents in music or healing. The story is not linear, and reads somewhat like a collection of interconnected short stories. I felt the non-linear structure really worked for this book, although I did need to refer to the family tree quite often!
Overall, I really li ...more
I won a copy of House of Rougeaux through a Goodreads Giveaway (my first time winning!) I don't think I would have normally picked this up - and I try to enter myself in giveaways for just this reason - to discover new authors and read stories I wouldn't normally seek out.
House of Rougeaux was a wonderful story of a family spanning across the globe and across generations. The saga is non-linear, so it jumps around a bit. I had a hard time following in the beginning and there are quite a few cha ...more
An engaging and well written story. Really liked the book. I won this book through goodreads.
Martinique Island (Caribbean sugar plantation). Timeline 1785-1890
The author takes you through the life/times of the Rougeaux family were impoverished sugar cane plantation slaves.
They worked hard for their masters who took advantage of the female if they were good looking.
Children were mixed breeds.
Education was not really a standard option.
The 1900’s Montreal Canada was offering the Caribbean race a chance of the lifetime.
The country had laws like the US but fewer restrictions were applie ...more
I tried ... I really tried .... to connect with the characters and with Jaeckel's imagery and writing but found myself largely unable to put myself within the mindset of her novel. Perhaps the narrative of Jaeckel's work was one that I had read before and, perhaps, done with a better outcome. While reading 'House of Rougeaux,' strains of Valerie Martin's 'Property' kept intruding into the story. Maybe it's unfair to judge 'House of Rougeaux' against others work, but somehow I never made the conn ...more