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About the Author
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, JEFFREY COLVIN served in the US Marines. He worked as an advertising analyst, a congressional aide and a non-profit manager before attending Columbia University, where he received an MFA. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress appeared in Narrative Magazine, and other fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot and Painted Bride Quarterly. His essays and reviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, the Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Millions and The Brooklyn Rail. He has received grants and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Colgate University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Norman Mailer Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a Paul Cuffee Scholarship from the Cuttyhunk Island Writers' Residency.
"Colvin's intriguing and memorable debut shines a light on a little-known black experience: the freed slaves from the Caribbean and U.S. who established a community in Canada in the 1800s. [He] expertly weaves in the subject of owning one's heritage... this is a penetrating, fresh look at the indomitable spirit of black pioneers and their descendants."--Publishers Weekly
"Colvin depicts the heartbreaking