Travel back in time to Trinidad as it shifts from Spanish to British rule, then to the Crow Nation of Montana in the time of Westward expansion in this important addition to the American story. Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of Book of the Little Axe, join us online for a conversation with Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning.
Presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.
Book of the Little Axe
By Lauren Francis-Sharma
Published by Grove/Atlantic
In Trinidad, in 1796, teenage Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against typical female roles and behavior. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house—it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she expects to be her birthright, despite her two older siblings. But as her homeland goes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners—Rosa’s family among them—will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.
By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Wyoming with her husband, Edward Rose and family. Her son Victor has reached the age where he should seek his vision and become a man. But his path is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept hidden from him. So Rosa sets out to take him on a journey to where his story began and, in turn, retraces her own roots, those of a girl who forged her own way from the middle of the ocean to the grassy hills of a far-away land.