Scarlet Carnation: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In an early twentieth-century America roiling with racial injustice, class divides, and WWI, two women fight for their dreams in a galvanizing novel by the bestselling author of Golden Poppies.
1915. May and Naomi are extended family, their grandmothers’ lives inseparably entwined on a Virginia plantation in the volatile time leading up to the Civil War. For both women, the twentieth century promises social transformation and equal opportunity.
May, a young white woman, is on the brink of achieving the independent life she’s dreamed of since childhood. Naomi, a nurse, mother, and leader of the NAACP, has fulfilled her own dearest desire: buying a home for her family. But they both are about to learn that dreams can be destroyed in an instant. May’s future is upended, and she is forced to rely once again on her mother. Meanwhile, the white-majority neighborhood into which Naomi has moved is organizing against her while her sons are away fighting for their country.
In the tumult of a changing nation, these two women - whose grandmothers survived the Civil War - support each other’s quest for liberation and dignity. Both find the strength to confront injustice and the faith to thrive on their chosen paths.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 54 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 01 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #135,337 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,436 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,970 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#10,574 in Domestic Life in Women's Fiction
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The two families - one white, one black are friends with a long history which began in slave times.
They now live in San Francisco, and the time is the early 20th century just before WWII .
There is still racial prejudice and blacks are struggling to be accepted in parts of the city and also looking for the right to vote.
Spanish flu is also part of the story which rings bells for us at this time with people wearing masks. TB is also an issue.
The story keeps you wanting to read on and I loved how we have seen their two families grow and change over the years in the three stories.
Can stand alone perfectly well, but perhaps makes more sense if you've read the precursors to this novel.
The book can easily stand alone on it's own merit but it is a follow on to Yellow Crocus and Mustard seed and Golden Poppies and reading the previous books will give a greater understanding to the characters back story.
The book is set during the First World War in America and explores the lives of both Lisbeth and Mattie's families.
The author has a wonderful way of making the reader really connect with the characters and gives insight into some of the trials of tribulations of people post slavery days.
Although a work of fiction the author has clearly researched the time period and weaved in actual events like the Houston riot, which is a subtle but great way to educate the reader on times and events they may never have been aware of.
All in all a great read.....I can't wait for Laila Ibrahim's next book!