Book of the Little Axe

By Lauren Francis-Sharma

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In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rend n quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright. But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners--Rosa's family among them--will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.

By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.

Product Details

Price: $26.00  $23.40
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Published Date: May 12, 2020
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780802129369
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About the Author

Lauren Francis-Sharma is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry. She resides near Washington, DC with her husband and two children and is the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the proprietor of the DC Writers' Room.


Praise for Book of the Little Axe

"Book of the Little Axe is an epic novel that recreates the hybrid history of Native and African peoples during the era of American exploration and expansion. Lauren Francis-Sharma's care for her characters and skill with her subject shine through every page."--Laila Lalami, author of The Other Americans

"Lauren Francis-Sharma has written one of those thrilling novels - so valuable and welcome - that adds (or better say restores) another strand to our national narrative. We're all the richer for Book of the Little Axe."--Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes

"From her gripping first sentence, Lauren Francis-Sharma draws her reader into her intoxicating tale of intrigue, love, conflict, and power struggle at a pivotal time in the histories of Trinidad and the western United States. Her research is meticulous, her prose seductive, her characters mesmerizing. Book of the Little Axe shines a bright light on the little-known connections between the Caribbean and the United States. Readers will find it almost impossible to put this book down."--Elizabeth Nunez, author of Prospero's Daughter and Even in Paradise

Praise for 'Til the Well Runs Dry

The New York Times Sunday Book Review Shortlist

Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2015 Honor Book in Fiction

"As universally touching as it is original."--New York Times

"Lauren Francis-Sharma turns the family drama on its ear with this lush, elegant epic." --ESSENCE Magazine

"A saga ripe with heartbreak and joy . . . Francis-Sharma delivers a rich and satisfying debut on the ties of family, love, and culture."―Kirkus Reviews