The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Featuring: Solange Fournier; Henri Fournier; Ruth
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Literature and Fiction | Fiction
Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the
first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and
bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The
critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People
magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of
literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days
as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.
“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island
Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of
revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an
infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French
Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child
they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.
What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped
by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life
personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a
black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily
genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s
daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom
Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston
their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally
Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy
raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of
felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller
Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both
nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive,
and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced
freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that
has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the
of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish
around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to
those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.
Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until
the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of
fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale
will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret
unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.
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