Home Across the Road (Paperback)

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With the simple, evocative grace of her nationally acclaimed debut novel, Life Without Water, Nancy Peacock has created a poignant story of two families -- one black, one white -- and the North Carolina house that binds their lives together for more than a hundred years.

In 1861, Roseberry was the plantation home of the white Redds; the black Redds were one of the slave families who worked there. In 1971, Roseberry stands empty, a wisteria vine growing through the dining room window, and China Redd, who worked in the house for half a century, is ready to die.

But first she has a story to tell. Not the one recorded by Lydia Redd, the matron of the house, in her own book, beginning with the earrings, the selling if Cleavis, and the curse, and ending with the death of Coyle, the last of the white Redds. If she has nothing else from the forty-seven years of work in a house where nothing was her own, she has this story.

Moving effortlessly back and forth in time through the parallel legends of the Redd families, Home Across the Road is a beautiful, haunting, and timeless drama that touches your heart and soul.

Praise for Home Across the Road…


"Fine storytelling."
-- Booklist

"An amiable family saga -- fascinating, full of personality and a portrait of life across five generations, told with genuine vigor."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Employing simple prose that possesses a rhythmic, repetitive, almost Biblical cadence, Peacock retells and revises these multigenerational stories in a fascinating palimpsest."
-- The New York Times Book Review


Praise for Nancy Peacock's Life Without Water:
A New York Times Notable Book, 1996

"Nancy Peacock takes on -- and succeeds at -- the daunting task of re-creating an era that's extremely tricky to get right."
-- The New York Times Book Review

"An auspicious debut by a brilliantly original artist."
-- Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies and Saving Grace

"Nancy Peacock performs quiet wonders."
-- The Washington Post Book World

"Both wise and forgiving."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Clear, direct, and emotion-packed, a book of narrative brilliance and visual poetry."
-- Clyde Edgerton, author of Raney and Where Trouble Sleeps

"Tender, evocative debut novel ... a rich narrative."
-- Publishers Weekly

Product Details ISBN-10: 0553381024
ISBN-13: 9780553381023
Published: Bantam, 02/27/2001
Pages: 256
Language: English


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