Chasing the North Star

Chasing the North Star

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back--no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide. Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit. In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him. Bristling with breathtaking adventure, Chasing the North Star is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best.
Publisher: [United States] :, Algonquin Books :, 2016.
Made available through hoopla,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781616205959
1616205954
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EmilyEm
May 27, 2016

Two enslaved young people—dogged Jonah and opportunistic Angel—in 1850s South Carolina follow the North Star with hopes of finding freedom in the North.
Morgan has written a good tale. I thought a little that it was like 'Cold Mountain' in reverse, but it’s a warm, funny story, even with the fear and danger they must face.

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