Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

eBook - 2009
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Presenting an alternative version of African American history, this novel explores what might have happened if John Browns 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry had been successful. Chronicling life in a thriving black nation founded by Brown in the former southeastern United States, this dramatic story opens 100 years later, just as Nova Africa is poised to celebrate its first landing of a spacecraft on Mars. The prosperous black state will soon be tested when the granddaughter of John Brown returns from Africa to reunite with her daughter and share with her a secret that will alter their lives forever.
Publisher: [United States] : PM Press : Made available through hoopla, 2009.
ISBN: 9781604862584
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Aug 08, 2018

luzula on dreamwidth enjoyed it and says "The premise is that the war was kicked off by abolitionists and run-away slaves and led to a separate Nova Africa country in the south. And lots of other differences in history, I particularly liked the international aid reminiscent of the international brigades in the Spanish Civil War. It's a remarkably dense book--in 150 pages you get alternating narratives with a viewpoint from 1959, a diary from someone who was there in 1859, and also some epistolary parts from other people in the past. And yet I don't feel that it was crammed in or that you don't get enough detail. It's actually quite well written. It's also a very utopian book which blithely has a socialist USSA in 1959."

Jul 19, 2014

An analysis of an alternate timeline, told through 'current times' and flashbacks. Written a quarter-century ago, it is STILL timely. A thouroughly enjoyable read


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