The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

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Grau’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, about the racial prejudice and long-buried secrets that threaten to destroy a distinguished Southern family  The Howland dynasty began after the War of 1812, when a young Tennessee solider fighting for Andrew Jackson settled in Alabama. Over the next century, the Howlands accumulated a fortune, fought for Secession, helped rebuild the South, and established themselves as one of the most respected families in the state. But that history means little to Abigail Howland. Though she inherited the Howland manse, her fortunes reverse when her family’s mixed-race heritage comes to light and her community—locked in the prejudices of the 1960s—turns its back on her. Faced with such deep-seated prejudice, Abigail is pushed to defend her family at all costs.   Winner of the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, The Keepers of the House is an unforgettable story of family, tradition, and racial injustice set against a richly drawn backdrop of the American South. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Shirley Ann Grau, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

About Shirley Ann Grau

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Shirley Ann Grau is the author of five other novels-Roadwalkers, The House on Coliseum Street, The Hard Blue Sky, The Condor Passes, and Evidence of Love-and three story collections. She lives in New Orleans and on Martha's Vineyard.
Published April 10, 2012 by Open Road Media. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Here, in the old plantation house built many generations ago, Abigail Howland tells her story and that of her grandfather William and his Negro woman Margaret, the two she loved whose lives ere inseparable with hers even in death.

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