A Million Nightingales

March 2006

By Susan Straight

Susan Straight has been called "a writer of exceptional gifts and grace" (Joyce Carol Oates.) In A Million Nightingales she brings those gifts to bear on the story of Moinette, daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew.

While her mother cares for the plantation linens, Moinette tends to the master's daughter, which allows her to eavesdrop on lessons. She also learns that she is property, and at fourteen she is sold, separated from her mother without a chance to say goodbye. She begins almost immediately to prepare herself for the moment she will escape.


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