A More Perfect Union
Inspired by the true story of my great-great grandparents, A More Perfect Union is an exploration of identity, sacrifice, belonging, race and love.
When Henry escapes the Irish famine and sails to America, he doesn’t expect the anti-Irish prejudices that await him. Determined to never starve again, he abandons his Irish surname for a chance at a job and a future. Traveling south he meets Sarah, a slave woman torn from her family and navigating the politics of the new plantation she now calls home. Their attraction is as undeniable as it is fraught. For Sarah, Henry’s white skin represents the oppression she suffers under, while Henry would have to abandon hopes of prosperity with a black woman at his side. Their love proves stronger than their personal hurdles, but is it strong enough to overcome the restrictions of a society who views their union as illegal and immoral?
"Powerful and Convincing" - The Times
"A Moving Debut" - Sunday Times
"A brilliant debut....Ambitious, sweeping...this is storytelling at its finest." - Stylist
"I cannot recommend this enough" - Love Books
Winner of the Diverse Book Award
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize
BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick
Stylist Best New Books
The Times Best Historical Fiction
Sunday Times Best Historical Fiction
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