Featured Book: Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr. (Fiction) Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam--a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army--decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged."
Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novels Freeman (June 2012) and Before I Forget. His column in The Miami Herald runs every Sunday and Wednesday. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was released in 2009.
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