Walk Through Darkness by David Anthony Durham

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When he learns that his pregnant wife has been spirited off to a distant city, William responds as any man might—he drops everything to pursue her. But as a fugitive slave in Antebellum America, he must run a terrifying gauntlet, eluding the many who would re-enslave him while learning to trust the few who dare to aid him on his quest.

Among those hunting William is Morrison, a Scot who as a young man fled the miseries of his homeland only to discover even more brutal realities in the New World. Bearing many scars, including the loss of his beloved brother, Morrison tracks William for reasons of his own, a personal agenda rooted in tragic events that have haunted him for decades.

Following up on his award-winning debut, Gabriel’s Story, David Anthony Durham presents another riveting tale, a brilliantly drawn portrait of America before the Civil War, and a provocative meditation on racial identity, freedom and equality.


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About David Anthony Durham

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David Anthony Durham received the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction for Acacia and The Other Lands (the first two volumes of the Acacia trilogy). He is also the author of the historical novels Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness, and Pride of Carthage. www.davidanthonydurham.com
 
Published August 15, 2009 by Anchor. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Interpolated italicized chapters and passages chart the progress of Andrew Morrison, a Scottish immigrant and hunter hired by William’s owner to retrieve the latter’s “property.” The story is best in the early going, as Durham’s obviously thorough research and deep empathy with his subject create...

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Publishers Weekly

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Powerfully written and emotionally devastating, this new novel by Durham (Gabriel's Story) tells the parallel tales of two men in antebellum America: William, a young fugitive slave, and Morrison, a white man hired to track him.

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Morrison's perceptions are effectively linked to William's in a novel that is as attuned to the guilt inherent in slavery as it is to the monstrousness, and Durham can be poetically graceful in describing it.

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Gather Books

The story of a fugitive slave and bounty hunter is one of betrayal and trust—and the deepest of all emotions, the love a parent has for a child As a writer of non-fiction with a special interest in history, I’ve always believed that truth is stranger, and much more compelling, than fiction.

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