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    In a brilliant rejoinder and an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell"s famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings. And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy -- beautiful and brown -- gets to tell her story. Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry of statesmen, professionals, and strivers of every persuasion, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away. Alluding to events in Mitchell"s novel but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, THE WIND DONE GONE is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable of not only receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A passionate love story, a wrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a book that gives a voice to those history has silenced, THE WIND DONE GONE is an elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come.

    To read arguably the best piece of scholarship that has been published on any of my published novels I direct you to  Patricia Yaeger’s article Circum-Atlantic Superabundance: Milk as World-Making in Alice Randall and Kara Walker (PDF). This article was published in the journal American Literature, housed within Duke University. It is by the generosity of Duke University and American Literature that we are able to link this pdf to our website. I hope it will stand as an example to your scholars to what they may one day achieve and will brightly illuminate my work to readers of all ages who are willing to go very far beneath the service with the capable guidance of Professor Yaeger.

      Eleven Books Essential for Wind Done Gone Readers:

     If you want to read a book that puts Wind Done Gone in an interesting context try:
    1. The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women's Unruly Political Bodies by Andrea Elizabeth Shaw
    2. Dark Victorians by Vanessa  D. Dickerson
     If you want to read another novel that critiques another novel try:
    3. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
    4. Shamela by Henry Fielding
    5. Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson the novel on which Joseph Andrews and Pamela comment.
    6. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys which provides ample commentary on
    7. Jane Eyre by the extraordinary Charlotte Bronte
     If you want to read something Cynara loved reading  try one of the following:
    8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    9. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
    10. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
    11. Othello by William Shakespeare

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