The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

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In this daring and provocative literary parody which has captured the interest and imagination of a nation, Alice Randall explodes the world created in GONE WITH THE WIND, a work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Taking sharp aim at the romanticized, whitewashed mythology perpetrated by this southern classic, Randall has ingeniously conceived a multilayered, emotionally complex tale of her own - that of Cynara, the mulatto half-sister, who, beautiful and brown and born into slavery, manages to break away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into full life as a daughter, a lover, a mother, a victor. THE WIND DONE GONE is a passionate love story, a wrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a book that "celebrates a people's emancipation not only from bondage but also from history and myth, custom and stereotype" (San Antonio Express-News).

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Alice Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wind Done Gone. A graduate of Harvard University, Randall now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a songwriter and Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Caroline Randall Williams is a graduate of Harvard University. She was an instructor with Teach for America for two years and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Mississippi. The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess, is her first book.
Published April 8, 2002 by Mariner Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Like many a slave child, Cynara was born out of wedlock, fathered by “Planter,” the white man who owned her mother.

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If you haven't been following entertainment news for the last few months, then you may have missed that this book is an unauthorized parody of the American classic GONE WITH THE WIND, Margaret Mitchell's paean to the before and after world of the Civil War through the eyes of the feisty daughter ...

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Depending on whom you ask, Nashville author Alice Randall’s novel — a pseudo diary, really, of Scarlett O’Hara’s mulatto half-sister, Cynara — is a parody of Gone With the Wind, a sacrilegious retelling of a literary classic or a revisionist history of a vastly overrated, racist melodrama.

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Believing the original story racist, Randall retells it through the eyes of a new character, Scarlett O'Hara's mulatto half sister Cynara, an ex-slave.

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Mitchell had introduced Cole to her future husband, and the two had been close friends.Brown and Wiley give us a dramatic scene of Mitchell, her hair frazzled, rushing the half-finished manuscript to Latham's hotel room with bellboys following behind to pick up manila envelopes as they dro...

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