Secessia

Secessia New Orleans, May 1862 The Largest City In The Ill Starred Confederacy Has Fallen To Union Troops Under The Soon To Be Infamous General Benjamin The Beast Butler The City Is Rife With Madness And Rage When Twelve Year Old Joseph Woolsack Disappears From His Home, He Draws Into The Unrest His Mother, Elise, A Mixed Race Woman Passing For White, And His Father, Angel, Whose Long And Wicked Life Is Drawing To A Close What Follows Forces Mother And Son Into A Dark New World Joseph Must Come To Grips With His Father S Legacy Of Violence And His Growing Sentiment For Cuban Exile Marina Fandal, The Only Survivor Of A Shipwreck That Claimed The Lives Of Her Parents Elise Must Struggle To Maintain A Hold On Her Sanity, Her Son And Her Own Precarious Station, But Is Threatened By The Resurgence Of A Troubling Figure From Her Past, Dr Emile Sabatier, A Fanatical Physician Who Adores Disease And Is Deeply Mired In The Conspiracy And Intrigue Surrounding The Occupation Of The City Their Paths All Intersect With General Benjamin Butler Of Massachusetts, A Man Who History Will Call A Beast, But Whose Avarice And Brutal Acumen Are Ideally Suited To The Task Of Governing An Ungovernable City Alternating Between The Perspectives Of The Five Characters Of Elise, Dr Sabatier, Joseph, Marina, And Butler, Secessia Weaves A Tapestry Of Ravenous Greed And Malformed Love, Of Slavery And Desperation, Set Within The Baroque Melting Pot That Is New Orleans A Gothic Tableaux Vivant Of Epic Scope And Intimate Horror, Secessia Is The Netherworld Reflection Of The Conflict Between North And South. Smoke is still rising off Kent Wascom s spectacular debut, The Blood of Heaven 2013 , but this young author is already roaring back with a sequel, the second volume of an audacious sextet that will span the history of the American Gulf coast It s confirmation of what was immediately obvious With his rusty tooth style and flare for brutality, Wascom is one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country.In The Blood of Heaven, a preacher turned slaver named Angel Woolsack gallo Smoke is still rising off Kent Wascom s spectacular debut, The Blood of Heaven 2013 , but this young author is already roaring back with a sequel, the second volume of an audacious sextet that will span the history of the American Gulf coast It s confirmation of what was immediately obvious With his rusty tooth style and flare for brutality, Wascom is one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the country.In The Blood of Heaven, a preacher turned slaver named Angel Woolsack galloped through a gory picaresque of West Florida when the Kemper Brothers and Aaron Burr were fomenting revolution But with Secessia, Wascom shifts tactics and offers up a story that burns in one febrile place New Orleans, 1862.This is a Gothic tale of revolution broken,
Received from Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This was an EXTREMELY hard book for me to get into I found the sentences and the writing to be very wordy and found myself having to read and re read passages again and again before things made sense to me I honestly struggled for the first 100 pages and almost gave up on the book onthan one occasion I gave it the old college try, and finally, I got the flow of the book But honestly, I don t like when I have to work so h Received from Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This was an EXTREMELY hard book for me to get into I found the sentences and the writing to be very wordy and found myself having to read and re read passages again and again before things made sense to me I honestly struggled for the first 100 pages and almost gave up on the book onthan one occasion I gave it the old college try, and finally, I got the flow of the book But honestly, I don t like when I have to work so hard to read a book Reading, in my opinion, should be enjoyable, for me this felt like work I like to think of myself as a smart person, I have 3 college degrees but geez when you need to keep looking up words or read a page several timesit s just WAY TOO MUCH Plus, I had a hard time feeling for any of the characters in the book For me, the wordiness took away from the story The book is told through the POV of 5 characters For me, this is what worked bes
No.Nope.Nadda.I so wanted to like this book But, I felt it was written to be difficult and fpr some reason I kept having the nagging feeling that the author had an ATTITUDE and talked down to the reader I did not like that at all and only read 3 4th of the book WHAT A WASTE OF TIME When New Orleans falls to the Union in the middle of 1962, twelve year old Joseph Woolsack s life is suddenly changed His city is under the tightening grip of Union commander General Benjamin the Beast Butler while his father dies of mysterious circumstances, which leaves his mother, Elise, both questioning and questioned A mixed race woman passing as white, Elise s situation grows intense after the death of her husband, as she attempts to hold on to her son and her position in a rapidly evo When New Orleans falls to the Union in the middle of 1962, twelve year old Joseph Woolsack s life is suddenly changed His city is under the tightening grip of Union commander General Benjamin the Beast Butler while his father d
With Blood of Heaven, we were blessed to see Wascom s talent and what a staggering amount at that With Secessia, we get to see his range and skill With his second book, he goes from first person to third person, single POV to multiple, past tense to present tense, and he pulls it all off without a hitch I think people will be looking at Wascom s whole body of work in the future, as THE chronicler of the Gulf Coast and beyond, and these seemingly effortless jumps transitions will be signifi With Blood of Heaven, we were blessed to see Wascom s talent and what a staggering amount at that With Secessia, we get to see his range and skill With his second book, he goes from first person to third person, single POV to multiple, past tense to present tense, and he pulls it all off without a hitch I think people will be looking at Wascom s whole body of work in the future, as THE chronicler of the Gulf Coast and beyond, and these seemingly effortless jumps transitions will be significant They re like the claws digging in.I loved the cast of characters, and the book gives us one of the all time portraits of New Orleans so detailed and organic and immersive you have to wonder i
I don t think I have ever given up on a book just 12 pages in I m sure Mr Wascom is all impressed with his bad self I, however, am not Book return bin at my local library, here I come This novel seduces the reader with an over powering scent of voluptuous decaying flowers, suppressed and illicit passion and the stink of a city prone to yellow fever, cholera and rotting from mixing of the bloods and racial bigotry This is New Orleans, circa 1860s, occupied by the Yankees and roiling with secessionist sentiment especially among its non too genteel lady folk Wascom s prose is florid, provocative and overblown, but perfectly suited to the city and the times This is, after al This novel seduces the reader with an over powering scent of voluptuous decaying flowers, suppressed and illicit passion and the stink of a city prone to yellow fever, cholera and rotting from mixing of the bloods and racial bigotry This is New Orleans, circa 1860s, occupied by the Yankees and roiling with secessionist sentiment especially among its non too genteel lady folk Wascom s prose is florid, provocative and overblown, but perfectly suited to the city and the times This is, after all, the heady melting pot of the South. home of white, black, Creole, French,midgets,mongrels, misfits, Spanish,Zouaves, and the legendary General PT Beaureguard Its ringmaster, for a brief while,was the luckless General Benjamin the Beast Butler so named because in order to
I don t know why we teach students the old plot diagram anySure, it still works for a lot of stories, but authors seem to be experimentingandwith the structure of stories The traditional plot diagram doesn t work at all for Secessia, by Kent Wascom There s a dramatis personae at the beginning of this book and thank goodness for it After a prologue that centers on one of the main characters, the book takes turns taking readers inside the minds of a possibly murderous widow
Dark, frightening, defined perfectly by the writing on the first page Hooks you right away with a girl in formal ball gown who appears with blood all over her face how can you see that and not think, What the HELL is going on here Upon finishing the book, I realized something pretty interesting Not a whole heckuva lot actually happens in it I really admire authors who can suck you in with description and character studies rather than a laundry list of activities designed simply to keep t Dark, frightening, defined perfectly by the writing on the first page Hooks you right away with a girl in formal bal
The author uses four words for every one he needs And the words are obscure at that, as though he s trying to best the reader It made finishing this book impossible It s sad to see the language mangled in a I m really smart way, but the author did just that with Secessia.

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  • Hardcover
  • 339 pages
  • Secessia
  • Kent Wascom
  • 22 November 2017
  • 0802123619