Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
by Manu Herbstein
Publication Date: Sep 23, 2014
List Price: $17.99
Format: Paperback, 472 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Open Road Media
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Parent Company: Open Road Integrated Media
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Winner of the 2002 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. Thrust into a foreign land, passed from owner to owner, stripped of her identity. This is the life of Nandzi, who was given the name Ama, a name strange to her and her tribal culture. A life of struggle and resignation, bondage and freedom, passion and indifference, intense love and remorseless hate. Though forced into desperation, Ama never lets her soul be consumed by fear. While the stories of individual slaves have been blurred into one mass, Ama’s story personifies the experience of eighteenth-century Africans in an unforgettable way. Her entrancing story of defiance and spiritual fire starts from the day she is brutally seized, raped, and enslaved, and ends with her breathing the pure air of freedom. Ama is a deeply engrossing and colorful novel, packed with violence, sex, and action. The resilience of her spirit will grip readers from the first page to the last of Manu Herbstein’s spellbinding novel.
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