From National Book Award finalist Susan Straight comes a haunting historical novel about a Louisiana slave girl’s perilous journey to freedom.
Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from her mother without a chance to say goodbye. Bright, imaginative and well aware of everything she risks, Moinette at once begins to prepare for an opportunity to escape. Inspired by a true story, A Million Nightingales portrays Moinette’s experience—and the treacherous world she must navigate—with uncommon richness, intricacy, and drama.