A Slave to Want by Jay Grewal

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Born into bondage in the prison cell of the plantation, Jelani, a former slave, recollects the inspirational story of his life.

Given beauty for his ashes, Jelani soon discovers that he has an amazing God-given ability, to not only feel other people's emotions, but also project his own into them as well. Compelled to walk through the world with his humanity intact, Jelani quickly learns how to read and write under the secret tutelage of Jessie, the plantation owner's daughter, and the only rose in an otherwise bush of thorns. A defining moment arises in his life, when his best friend Sabira is sold off at auction, and he makes a promise to find her no matter what it takes, a promise he fears he might not be able to live up to.

Along the way—shaping his journey—he encounters slave hunters, abolitionists and other runaways on route to the Underground Railroad. Through his trials and tribulations, Jelani discovers that beyond everything that makes him different is everything that makes him human.

About Jay Grewal

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Published January 3, 2014 201 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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