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Winner of the 1998 American Library Association Black Caucus Literary Award for Best Fiction of the Year
The River Where Blood is Born takes the reader on a journey along the river of one family's history, carving a course for its women across two centuries and three continents, from the eighteenth century Gold Coast through the perilous Middle Passage, from antebellum Barbados to forty acres in turn-of-the-century Illinois, and on to Chicago in the 1960s, North Carolina and Montreal in the 1970s, and London in the '80s, before bending back toward Africa in the 1990s.
" [A] stunning feat . . .She manages to weave the physical world with the spiritual world and numerous generations of African American women into a tapestry that I found simply brilliant. She is one of the most refreshing new voices on the scene."--Gloria Naylor, author of Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe
"[A] magical family saga. . . .Part folktale, part spiritual, part modern romance, the novel focuses on strong female characters as they journey through poverty and family conflicts to seek love, fulfillment, justice, and, ultimately, peace. Jackson-Opoku molds many diverse voices into a powerful chorus in this excellent debut." --Library Journal