Original Sins by Peg Kingman
A Novel of Slavery & Freedom

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Why would a runaway Virginia slave—having built a rewarding life in the East Indies as a silk merchant—risk everything by returning to America in 1840, eighteen years after taking her freedom?


Anibaddh Lyngdoh claims that she intends to introduce a new kind of silk to the floundering American silk industry. But her true reason, as her old friend Grace MacDonald Pollocke discovers, is far more personal. Grace, now a Philadelphia portrait painter, undertakes a perilous investigation that leads to the discovery of old sins and crimes, and the commission of new ones. What laws may be broken—what sins and crimes committed—in the service of a higher justice? Deceit, forgery, fraud, perjury . . . even murder?



This novel thrillingly evokes a nineteenth-century America not so different from the present: a time of stunning new technologies and financial collapse, when religious and racial views collided with avowed principles of morality and law.
 

About Peg Kingman

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Peg Kingman is the author of Not Yet Drown'd and Original Sins. Formerly a tea merchant and a technical writer, she lives in northern California.
 
Published August 9, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 442 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A richly detailed historical novel, set in a nation drifting toward civil war, that picks up where Kingman's Not Yet Drown'd (2007) leaves off.

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Grace was virtually held hostage by this MacDonald, but Annibaddh whisked Grace back to her stepmother, and the three of them wound up sailing together to India.

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