[ EPUB ] ✻ The Revisioners Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – Playutopia.us

The Revisioners In , Josephine Is The Proud Owner Of A Thriving Farm As A Child, She Channeled Otherworldly Power To Free Herself From Slavery Now, Her New Neighbor, A White Woman Named Charlotte, Seeks Her Company, And An Uneasy Friendship Grows Between Them But Charlotte Has Also Sought Solace In The Ku Klux Klan, A Relationship That Jeopardizes Josephine S FamilyNearly One Hundred Years Later, Josephine S Descendant, Ava, Is A Single Mother Who Has Just Lost Her Job She Moves In With Her White Grandmother Martha, A Wealthy But Lonely Woman Who Pays Her Grandchild To Be Her Companion But Martha S Behavior Soon Becomes Erratic, Then Even Threatening, And Ava Must Escape Before Her Story And Josephine S ConvergeThe Revisioners Explores The Depths Of Women S Relationships Powerful Women And Marginalized Women, Healers And Survivors It Is A Novel About The Bonds Between A Mother And A Child, The Dangers That Upend Those Bonds At Its Core, The Revisioners Ponders Generational Legacies, The Endurance Of Hope, And The Undying Promise Of Freedom

[ EPUB ] ✻ The Revisioners  Author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton – Playutopia.us
  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Revisioners
  • Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  • 25 May 2017
  • 9781640092587

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  1. says:

    Margaret Wilkerson Sexton bowled me over with her first novel, A KIND OF FREEDOM, a deeply resonant novel about three generations of a Black New Orleans family Her second novel, THE REVISIONERS, also moves through time but over an even greater span from 1855 to 1925 to 2017 At first it seems these periods could not be different for Black women in the South, but even across such vast changes there is much that stays the same This book is, above all, a love letter to the traditions Black women pass down, the strength and the power that survive Josephine begins life as a slave, the 1855 sections of the book show us her life as a young girl Josephine s mother is a Revisioner, a spiritual leader to the other slaves, with gifts of sight and knowledge of healing Later, as an old woman, we see Josephine on her own land, able to enjoy all that she has built Until everything threatens to be upended by an unassuming white woman who moves into the land next door Ava is several generations removed from Josephine, but much of Josephine s power remains in their family In an attempt to save money to get a new home for herself and her son, Ava moves in with her aging white grandmother As we move back and forth between their stories, we see Josephine as a wise matriarch and Ava as she begins to come into her understanding of her own inheritance We also see the ways well meaning white women can seem harmless but leave massive destruction and pain in their wakes.THE REVISIONERS doesn t quite rise to the structural and emotional perfection of A KIND OF FREEDOM, but it doesn t seem to have that kind of goal But like Sexton s first novel, it continues to expand the kinds of Black historical and generational fiction in the world She s truly a fantastic talent, a must read.


  2. says:

    Margaret Sexton Wilkerson s THE REVISIONERS is a tribute, a prayer, a triumphant cry of gratitude to those who came before us The intergenerational memories and desire for freedom and survival push Ava forward when things get hard Moving into her grandmother s house with her son seems to be a temporary fix, but she has no idea the legacy she has inherited THE REVISIONERS honors with reverence the histories of those who had no voice.


  3. says:

    The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was incredible This multigenerational novels follows two mothers one in two different periods of her life, in childhood and old age, in bondage and free, which, just, wow whose power, even their inherited ancestral magic, is sucked dry by the ravening maw of racism, both the structural kind, but also the deeply deeply personal variety This book examines childhood and motherhood in the impossible world of America that punishes Black people for existing and working for better for theirs This book looks at how dangerous white privilege is, and how quickly it can tip into expressions of white power and devastating entitlement This book names all of the ways that racism marks our bodies and subdues our spirit And this book holds a very honest mirror up to the lurking danger of white supremacy that is often just below the surface of neighbourliness, friendliness, good intentions, and even love This one was a bit spooky, a lot scary, and entirely transporting Read this Read Wilkerson Sexton s first novel, A Kind of Freedom, too Preorder it Spread the word Thank you counterpoint press for this advance reader copy of The Revisioners.


  4. says:

    I ve been thinking about Margaret Wilkerson Sexton s THE REVISIONERS since I read it 3 months ago Last Friday, as I sat listening to Ibram Kendi Ta Nehisi Coates discuss his new novel The Water Dancer, it was almost ALL I could think about It was so pertinent to the conversation that I was dying to ask either man if they d read it yet THE REVISIONERS ensnared me with a tantalizing foreboding from its opening pages, though nothing terribly foreboding is happening in them it s 2017, Ava is talking to her son, King, about a forgotten photograph as they prepare to move in with her grandmother Ava is biracial, the daughter of a black mother white father King moves through the world as a black boy Their great grandmother Martha is white and she s losing her mind a little The story is told in alternating POVs that bounce between the pre Civil War, post Reconstruction, and modern day American South, and I m hesitant to offer details I went into the book blind finished it in one sitting, dragged along by a teeming urgency that builds to a gut punch of a climax Like The Water Dancer, Sexton s book has elements of the supernatural, the magical But they are a subtle infusion, a shadow that dissipates if you try to glimpse it head on for most of the book This light touch is also apparent in the questions the narrative asks, never outright or with a shout, but in murmuring whispers what does it mean for the legacy of black America the legacy of white America to meet in one person Can the ties that transcend racial animus really prevail over the violence of slavery Are memory trauma wrapped around our DNA, seeded to the next generation on and on, world without end Vivid prose packed into a tight, disciplined story structure reminds the reader that if history is not forgetting, we ve got to find other ways to heal If you re looking for a book that ll leave a mark in you, that you ll be thinking of months down the line, considering in the light of other novels current events alike, THE REVISIONERS is available from counterpointpress on 11 5 I hope every single one of you picks it up then comes to talk to me about it.


  5. says:

    Wow wow wow I need to come up with something coherent to say about this book by Tuesday, but for now, I m just going to sit with my immense intense feels.edit to add I couldn t put The Revisioners down once I picked it up last week It s an inter generational tale focusing on the women of a Louisiana Black family, from Ava in 2017 to her great great great great grandma Josephine in 1924, and then to 10 year old Josephine in 1855 who is still a slave Sexton highlights the cyclical nature of history and family, the connections between generations, and a natural magic that infuses the prose as well as the characters I loved the fierce loyalty the women show each other and themselves throughout their various ordeals with racism and well meaning emphasis mine, not Sexton s white people The Revisioners is both a warning and a beacon of hope for a country that hasn t healed or overcome its white supremacy It s definitely one of my 2019 faves


  6. says:

    Margaret Wilkerson Sexton writes her characters with such clarity and moving spirit, infusing them with power and insight The storytelling was literally breathtaking than once I gasped, hand to my chest as past and present collided, as Ava and her great, great grandmother Josephine navigated the seen and unseen A tribute to women, to history on repeat, and to the desire for freedom across time ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  7. says:

    The Revisioners is a heartbreaking novel that left me wanting , not from the story or the writing, just of the rich powerful display of women, both marginalized and privileged Sexton has written a book that reads with the pace of a thriller and the beauty of a modern classic Told in three generations, centered around two women, Josephine in 1865 living on a plantation in Louisiana as a child and a slave, she befriends the owners young daughter, neither of them seeing the difference in race or social class Then Josephine again in 1924, now the owner of the very land her family once lived on, through a series of events her and her husband have taken it over and things are going great, and then a lonely white woman and her husband move in next door and the woman so desperately seeks a friend in Josephine, but her other group she confides in is a direct threat to Josephine and her family The third narrative is Ava in 2017, a descendant of Josephine who is down on her luck and her and her son are resigned to go live with her wealthy aging grandmother and is payed to take care of her, the problem is, she s white, and her dementia and internal struggles with her past force Ava to relive the same struggles of Josephine almost 100 years later.Told in alternating narratives we see these women persevere their birthright and the world that is stacked against them and thrive, despite the constant threat of the whiteness that surrounds and tries to dictate their lives The final bow that tightly wraps this novel together is the revisioners a take on the ancient black antebellum healers who sought to serve their community with both magic and folk medicine, passed through their bloodline like a dominate trait it truly brings everything together in the end With constant reminders of family and their heartbreak and loss, this novel was so powerful and left me in tears at the end, written with the same fervor of Jesmyn Ward and Colson Whitehead with her second Novel Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has show that she is here to stay after her first book garnered a spot on the longlist for national book award in 2017 The revisioners is sure to be one of my favorite books of the year and a big sleeper for a modern cult classic that breaks the mold with how special it is, and its rich female driven narrative, whose strong Women of color will stay with me long after the calendar turns another page and this book is released November 5th do yourself a favor and pre order this one, it was the first thing I did when I finished, I NEEDED a finished copy to keep


  8. says:

    3.5 Stars Beautifully told from 2 perspectives in time, Josephine, formerly enslaved and her descendant, Ava What this really captures are the voices of those who don t traditionally have a voice, the ones whose presence have been erased in time as well as the difficult history as to what those voices say Despite being separated by generations, both women are united in parental love as well as problematic relations with white people who sub or not consciously attempt to exert power over them I received this arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own.


  9. says:

    The historical impalement of time and circumstances are the bones of this epic familial story The women in this novel are faced with irresistible opportunities and haunting sacrifices Josephine, a past runaway slave during the start of Jim Crow and KKK uprisings, is now a grandmother trying to make the best decisions for her family From present time, Ava is a single mother in New Orleans who is wanting to create better opportunities for her son The Revisioners seeks to give grace to these Black conjurers gifted with the power to create growth and the wisdom to pass this on to the next closing this book, I was filled with gratitude for my Black predecessors I was reminded that our histories will never be erased, because we are the living proof of our ancestors radical existence.


  10. says:

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review opinions are my own.This book, simply put, is an example of extremely good storytelling It reads like a suspense novel, a family epic, and historical fiction at once, and is one of the most well paced novels I ve ever read.The Revisioners protagonists are mainly women, but a vital pillar of this story is that of women raising sons, specifically Black women raising Black boys in America, which is a very dangerous place The parallels drawn between Josephine s childhood and King s childhood, for example, are really well done because they point out how the targeting of Black boys and men has changed only enough to remain the same Without giving too much away, some very horrific things do happen to some of these sons But their characters are fully human, fully nuanced and complex, and it s crucial that America sees Black boys and men this way The women, though they truly carry the story The multigenerational aspect of the story is carried in every character, in their bodies and minds The importance of ancestral love and resilience is at the center of these womens lives It works on so many levels, including the ways in which Black women must survive a colonialist, imperialist, white supremacist society, yes, but really to survive white women, whose friendship is tenuous at best a truth that remains as present today as it has ever been.It s been a long while since I ve read a non queer book that I loved this much The characters are fully realized, the external plot and interior lives not only synced but engrossing At just under 300 pages, it felt like a fast read, but one that won t be leaving me anytime soon Highly recommend

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