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|Title: The Call of Zulina, Grace in Africa Series #1|
By: Kay Marshall Strom
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Series: Grace in Africa
Stock No: WW700699
The Grace in Africa series is a sweeping three-part historical saga of slavery and freedom that takes the reader from an island off the west coast of Africa to Southern plantations and finally on to Canada. All her life, Grace Winslow, the daughter of a mixed marriage between an English sea captain and an African princess, has been sheltered from the truth about the family business--the capture and trade of slaves.
Set in 1787 in West Africa, The Call of Zulina opens as the scorching harmattan winds blow. Desperate to avoid marriage to an odious suitor, Grace escapes the family compound only to be caught up in a slave revolt at the fortress of Zulina. Soon, she begins to grasp the brutality and ferocity of the family business. Held for ransom, viciously maimed by a runaway slave, and threatened with death, Grace is finally jerked into reality and comes to sympathize with the plight of the captives. She admires their strength and courage and is genuinely moved by the African Cabetos passion, determination, and willingness to sacrifice anything, including his own life, for his peoples freedom.
Author: Kay Marshall Strom
Submitted: September 22, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. Most of my 36 published books are non-fiction, but I must say, I have enjoyed discovering the power of truth through fiction! This series has been a wonderful adventure, and I am already signed up for the next.
What was your motivation behind this project? While I was writing "Once Blind: The Life of John Newton," the story of the slave ship captain turned preacher and abolitionist who wrote "Amazing Grace," I virtually met a real couple from the 1700s. He was an English sea captain and his wife was African. I immediately wondered: "If they'd had a daughter, who would she be? African or English?" Then, when I was in Africa researching another project, I toured an old slave fortress and was struck dumb by the baby-sized manacles bolted to the wall. The story was born in that fortress.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This is a period of history we seldom talk about. It is too fraught with blame and guilt. But the forces behind that time are not so different from those of today: hunger for power and money, fear and diminishment of people unlike ourselves, and an endless ability to rationalize. I would like for us to look into the face of the past and change today.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I definitely consider myself a 21st century abolitionist. It surprises people to learn that slavery is by no means just a scourge of the past. Three times as many people around the world are living as slaves today than in the 18th century!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? John Newton, who wrote widely in his time. Gary Haugen of Internation Justice Mission. John Stott. C.S. Lewis.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: My prayer is that when readers finish "The Call of Zulina" - then when they finish the complete Grace in Africa trilogy - they will long to see slavery wiped from the earth...and that they will be eager to play an active part in accomplishing that goal.