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Song of Slaves in the Desert by Alan Cheuse.. 2011 is young, but this novel is the first I've seen this year that will be talked about for a long time to come. A daring and risky venture, this story of slavery, love and family will capture you and change the way you see the world around you, brimming with ghosts. Cheuse is a master.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"… read it if you want a raw taste of life as a Southern slave and some chilling insights into why Northerners of goodwill finally went to war."

Washington Post

"A complex, richly detailed story, which reaches an unexpected conclusion that, among other things, is likely to make the reader thirsty.."

Kirkus Reviews

Author bio: Alan Cheuse is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered and their longtime "voice of books. More information can be found here: http://

Book Details: General Fiction; (500 pp. : Kindle/Print editions)

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