leonard_pitts_web.jpgSet in the tumultuous weeks following the Civil War, Freeman is the story of three unforgettable characters faced with the volatile landscape of a radically redefined South.

It is an epic love story, a quest tale, and a deeply nuanced portrait of the hope and turmoil experienced by the newly freed former slaves as they faced a world full of possibility — and disappointment.

After Lee's surrender and Lincoln's assassination, Sam Freeman embarks on a hazardous journey from Philadelphia through the heart of the Deep South in search of his wife Tilda.

At the same time, Tilda is forced to march west at gunpoint by her embittered former master in search of lands outside of Union control.

Also making the dangerous trek south is Boston native Prudence Kent, a young white widow who travels to Mississippi to set up a school for the former slaves, facing the mistrust and hostility of the local white population.

Pitts is a longtime Miami Herald columnist and 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary.

His previous books have been highly praised by Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness and The Root, among many others.

Freeman was recently selected to be a June 2012 IndieNext List pick by IndieBound. Pitts’ love for history and storytelling “shine in this story of love and redemption,” said PBS's Gwen Ifill.


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Leonard Pitts