Book Review — Absence of Light

…I can tell you by my own experience that the proper care of one’s property, including one’s slaves, proves to be the most profitable in the long run.


An epic story of family and contrasts. Twenty years after England abolishes slavery, one sister marries a rice plantation owner in South Carolina. Another marries a reporter who joins the family in the south. Slavery and Empire contrast each other as well as race and acceptance, cruelty and benevolence. The English view of the antebellum south presents an outsider’s perspective of America’s peculiar institution as well as other challenges and dangers of nineteenth-century life. Letters across the ocean provide background information and need narration to the reader, and separate chapters and sections document the division of a nation.  Well done history with a fiction that will keep the non-historian reading.




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