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Treading the Winepress; or A Mountain of Misfortune

ByClarissa Minnie Thompson AllenGabrielle Brown

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In this novel of manners set in late nineteenth-century Capitolia (a thinly veiled stand-in for Columbia, South Carolina, the author’s hometown), Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen recounts the entangled lives of the De Vernes and the Tremaines, two well-to-do black families. The novel unfurls the stories of multiple tragedies endured by each family through episodes of romance, mystery, and murder. Chief among these is the love triangle involving protagonist Gertie Tremaine, esteemed doctor Will De Verne, and Gertie’s sister Lenore “Gypsy” Tremaine. The heartbreaks that follow lead Gertie to lament the “mountains of misfortune” she and her family endure. Allen insisted her “object was not to gain ‘name and fame’ but to call the attention of thinking people to these blots in our social firmament.” Thanks to the efforts of editors Gabrielle Brown, Eric Willey, and Jean MacDonald, Allen’s Treading the Winepress is available to readers for the first time.

Details

Publication Date
Feb 4, 2020
Language
English
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen, By (author): Gabrielle Brown, By (author): Eric Willey, By (author): Jean MacDonald

Specifications

Pages
188
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
Digest (5.5 x 8.5 in / 140 x 216 mm)

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