Free Men: A Novel

Free Men: A Novel

Katy Simpson Smith


From the writer of the hugely acclaimed The tale of Land and Sea comes an enthralling novel, set within the past due eighteenth-century American South, that follows a novel staff of companions—an escaped slave, a white orphan, and a Creek Indian—who are being tracked down for murder.

In 1788, 3 males converge within the southern woods of what's now Alabama. Cat, an emotionally scarred white guy from South Carolina, is at the run after leaving behind his domestic. Bob is a talkative black guy fleeing slavery on a Pensacola sugar plantation, Istillicha, edged out of his Creek town’s management, is sure via honor to hunt retribution.

In the few days they spend jointly, the makeshift trio commits a surprising homicide that quickly has the forces of the legislations bearing down upon them. despatched to select up their path, a probing French tracker named Le Clerc needs to come to a decision which has a better declare: fast justice, or his personal interest approximately how 3 such disparate, determined males might act in unison.

Katy Simpson Smith skillfully brings into concentration males whose lives are either catastrophic and entire of hope—and illuminates the lives of the ladies they left in the back of. faraway from being anomalies, Cat, Bob, and Istillicha are the thrashing center of the hot the USA that Le Clerc struggles to realize. In those territories stuck among ecu, American, and local international locations, a desert exists the place 4 males grapple with the significance of kinfolk, the stain of guilt, and the competing forces of energy, love, race, and freedom—questions that proceed to hang-out us today.

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