Frederick Douglass is an American hero, an icon of the 19th century abolitionist movement. And while he was married to the mother of his children for 44 years, he also maintained a long friendship -- and extramarital relationship -- with a white German-Jewish intellectual. Writer and scholar Jewell Parker Rhodes imagines the private and intimate lives of Douglass and the two women who loved him, in this novel. But writing it was backbreaking work -- she says, "This is the book I came closest to quitting on."
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