Review by Brenda Repland
In eighteenth century Ghana, two half sisters will come to lead very different lives. Born into separate villages and unknown to each other, their stories might be considered a microcosm of the forces sweeping Africa at the time.
One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of luxury, living in the sumptuous Cape Coast Castle. Her sister, on the contrary, will be captured in a raid for slaves, imprisoned in the very same castle and sold into slavery.
We see their lives through many generations from Africa to the plantations of Mississippi and right through the Civil War to the Jazz Age of Harlem.
This gripping tale exposes the range of slavery’s legacy for those who were captured as well as those left behind.