Brave Music of a Distant Drum
by Manu Herbstein
Publication Date: Oct 04, 2011
List Price: $12.95
Format: Paperback, 181 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Red Deer Press
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Parent Company: Red Deer Press
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In Brave Music of a Distant Drum, a blind old slave woman, Ama, summons her son to come and write down her story so that her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s children can one day read it and know their history. Ama’s son, Kwame Zumbi - named Zacharias Williams by the white Christians who raised him - considers her an ugly old pagan and has little interest in doing more than is necessary to fulfill his obligation to her. How he is changed by the acts of hearing and writing down the details of his mother’s story is as powerful and important a story as Ama’s. The story of an African enslaved in Brazil, Ama’s story is violent - it includes murder, rape, and betrayal - and yet it is also a story of courage, hope, determination, and love.
- Young Adult Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
- Young Adult Fiction / Historical / Africa
- Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / Africa
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