So many historical novels read like connect-the-dots puzzles or costume dramas, so one that is fresh, original and time-travels to an undiscovered past is a real discovery.
In her debut novel, "Jam on the Vine," LaShonda Katrice Barnett focuses on how African-American people lived after emancipation. The spirit of Ida B. Wells, journalist and civil rights activist, inhabits this novel, and the conflicts of that era, like the 1919 race riots, seem eerily resonant today,...
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