Chariot on the Mountain
On Sale: July 31, 2018
Featuring: Mary Maddox; Fanny Withers
Hardcover / e-Book
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Historical | Fiction
Based on little-known true events, this astonishing
account from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist
Jack Ford vividly recreates a treacherous journey toward
freedom, a time when the traditions of the Old South still
thrived—and is a testament to determination, friendship,
Two decades before the Civil War, a middle-class farmer
named Samuel Maddox lies on his deathbed. Elsewhere in his
Virginia home, a young woman named Kitty knows her life is
about to change. She is one of the Maddox family’s slaves—
and Samuel’s biological daughter. When Samuel’s wife,
Mary, inherits her husband’s property, she will own Kitty,
too, along with Kitty’s three small children.
Already in her fifties and with no children of her own,
Mary Maddox has struggled to accept her husband’s
daughter, a strong-willed, confident, educated woman who
works in the house and has been treated more like family
than slave. After Samuel’s death, Mary decides to grant
Kitty and her children their freedom, and travels with
them to Pennsylvania, where she will file papers declaring
Kitty’s emancipation. Helped on their perilous flight by
Quaker families along the Underground Railroad, they
finally reach the free state. But Kitty is not yet safe.
Dragged back to Virginia by a gang of slave catchers led
by Samuel’s own nephew, who is determined to sell her and
her children, Kitty takes a defiant step: charging the
younger Maddox with kidnapping and assault. On the
surface, the move is brave yet hopeless. But Kitty has
allies—her former mistress, Mary, and Fanny Withers, a
rich and influential socialite who is persuaded to adopt
Kitty’s cause and uses her resources and charm to secure a
lawyer. The sensational trial that follows will decide the
fate of Kitty and her children—and bond three
extraordinary yet very different women together in their
quest for justice.
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