Mr. Hicks has given us more of “The Widow of the South” with “The Orphan Mother”.
The year is 1867. The war is over and the South is having to adjust, including Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock–the “Widow of the South”. Mariah is a free woman now. She is dependent on no one and has her own home and a thriving Midwife business. She tells herself that she built the town of Franklin, Tennessee by delivering all of those lives into the world
Her only child, Theopolis, has made a name for himself as a cobbler and has ambitions that scare Mariah. He wants to be in politics and it scares Mariah to death for her child.
The book also introduces George Tole. He has never been a slave. From New York, he has always been a freeman. Quiet and secretive, no one knows too much about him or why he moved to Franklin.
When Mariah’s worst fear comes true and her son is killed, she moves back to Carrie’s and sets out on a journey to discover who murdered her son and why.
A very timely account of what times were like, not only during the summer of 1867, but all of these things and more were happening all over the south.
As someone who grew up in the deep south during segregation and integration this was difficult to read. Because I know these things happened and it was a painful reminder.
However, I think we need to be reminded that some things may have changed, but not enough. These things and more are still happening you either don’t hear about them or choose to ignore what doesn’t concern you.
I would definitely recommend this book and I will read it again. Release Date: September 13, 2016.
I received this book from Netgalley ad the publisher in exchange for an honest review..
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.