A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake. Published by St. Martins

When her mother dies, grad student Kate Drayton walks away from academia to travel to South Carolina, the place her parents met and the subject of her mother’ s research project. Kate believes the 1822 slave rebellion can save not only her academic career, but also help her mend fences in her fractured family. From the present day to the 19th century and a man willing to sacrifice his life for the woman he loves and the cause he believes in, this is a sobering, haunting portrait of American history as well as a woman’s search for answers about her own truth

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