All God’s Children
In 1827, Duncan Lammons, a disgraced young man from Kentucky, sets out to join the American army in the province of Texas, hoping that here he may live—and love—as he pleases. That same year, Cecelia, a young slave in Virginia, runs away for the first time.
Soon infamous for her escape attempts, Cecelia drifts through the reality of slavery—until she encounters frontiersman Sam Fisk, who rescues her from a slave auction in New Orleans.
In spite of her mistrust, Cecelia senses an opportunity for freedom, and travels with Sam to Texas, where he has a homestead. In this new territory, where the law is an instrument for the cruel and the wealthy, they begin an unlikely life together, unaware that their fates are intertwined with those of Sam’s former army mates including Duncan Lammons, a friend—and others who harbour dangerous dreams of their own.
This novel will take its place among the great stories that recount the country’s fight for freedom—one that makes us want to keep on with the struggle.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
All God’s Children won the Oklahoma Book Award for 2021.
Oklahoma Department of Libraries, United States