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House of Rougeaux Publishes Today!

House of Rougeaux publishes today! A great team of people have come together for the last 18 months to make this happen. We’re finally here on the publication date, thanks to multiple editors, beta readers, marketing and publicity experts, an awesome designer and  a dream author.  The book is now out on shelves across the US and Canada. If you don’t see it at your local bookstore, just ask them to order it. House of Rougeaux is available through all the normal channels. Also, the audio version (narrated by Bahni Turpin) is available as a digital download or a CD set. Ask your local library to carry it, or order any version here.

We are honored that Foreword Reviews chose to feature House of Rougeaux on their Book of the Day Roundup for the current week. Their review of House of Rougeaux was published in their magazine in March, and it was pretty awesome. Here’s a snippet:

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the book is that in spite of the inescapable presence of slavery and prejudice, it isn’t really about either of these. Jenny Jaeckel’s House of Rougeaux  is about people—varied and fully realized individuals who make a flawed world their own.

Foreword Reviews

Also, Hello Giggles featured House of Rougeaux in their feature, Books Coming Out This Week and they offered this blurb:

House of Rougeaux is a multi-generational family saga. It begins on the Island of Martinique in 1785 and follows the descendants of African slaves over the next 200 years, one family member at a time. Read this one with a box of tissues, because every other page will move you to tears.

Hello Giggles

A very cute article appears on the UK magazine Female First called “10 Things I’d Like My Readers to Know About Me.” Where Jenny Jaeckel shares details of her quirky, artist’s brain. Check it out here.

Watch for more publicity this week, including Read it Forward & Bitch Media!

Jaeckel on Writer’s Digest

This week Raincloud author Jenny Jaeckel had an article published on Writer’s Digest. It’s a long piece about writing in-depth characters, called “Bodies, Blind Spots and Quirks.” Here’s an excerpt:

Henry James once wrote, “We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

And his brother, the philosopher William James wrote, in discussing the activity of the mind and its ready interpretations: “Let a person enter his room in the dark and grope among the objects there.”

In both cases, we might imagine a dark room where the mind is at work, seeking to discover hidden things, learning about a world which is as yet unseen. When writing fiction, creating worlds and plot, I myself am working in the dark room—or sometimes casting fishing lines out into dark lakes—but that process becomes especially intimate when exploring the inner worlds of my characters. The metaphor of the dark room is the most apt for me, rather than, say, molding characters from clay, or building them up with bricks. The characters don’t seem to be my creations so much as people I am trying to get to know.

Stay tuned for more essays from Jaeckel in the coming weeks, some to appear on “Read It Forward,” the online journal.


Jenny Jaeckel is the author of forthcoming House of Rougeaux, a debut historical novel set in the Caribbean, the US and Canada. Publishers Weekly called it a “rich tapestry of a novel” (starred review of the audio version narrated by Bahni Turpin). Available everywhere now for pre-order.

 

AudioFile Review of House of Rougeaux

AudioFile, the audiobook review magazine, has reviewed House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, read by Bahni Turpin. Here’s the review in full (or visit AudioFile to see it on their webpage):

Narrator Bahni Turpin conveys place and time quickly while establishing the characters of Abeje and Adunbi, twins enslaved on a sugar plantation in eighteenth-century Martinique. Turpin conveys the protectiveness of their mother, the brutality of her death, and, afterwards, the tenderness of their protection of each other. Turpin also gives a strong sense of the culture of mysticism, viewed largely through Abeje’s development as a healer. Abeje and Adunbi are the progenitors of two centuries of heroes and heroines who deal courageously with the circumstance they face in varying time periods in Canada and the U.S. Each poignantly and personally reflects the issues of his or her era–for example, racism and gender prejudices. Turpin’s facility with accents and characterizations gives listeners a sense of these shifting time periods and the continuity that comes from generations of treasured family stories. S.W. © AudioFile

The list of books that our narrator, Bahni Turpin, has read is astounding. AudioFile has a great list of books read by Turpin, which includes National Book Award Winners and Oprah Book Club titles:

  • The Hate U Give
  • Children of Blood and Bone
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Precious
  • The Help
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

We’ve partnered with Blackstone Audio to distribute the audio version of House of Rougeaux worldwide. Look for CD or downloadable versions of House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin at all your favorite audiobook vendors on April 24th, 2018. Also, you can order the book on CD through your favorite bookstore.

 

Here’s pre-order links for all versions on Amazon and Downpour.

 

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Publishers Weekly reviewed the audiobook version of House of Rougeaux this week. We are so honored to receive a starred review. Here’s the excerpt:

 

Turpin’s cool, clear voice fluidly takes the listener from place to place, and her accent switches seamlessly from Caribbean to French to English to American Southern, giving each character a distinct and authentic voice. Turpin’s multifaceted performance enhances this rich tapestry of a novel. —Publisher’s Weekly

The audiobook version will be available in digital download format on 4/24/18, and the audiobook on CD is planned for publication in June. Have a listen of Bahni Turpin’s performance:

And here’s the whole review:

Actor Turpin’s skill with a vast array of accents brings the characters of Jaeckel’s multigenerational novel to life. The story begins with a young brother and sister, Adunbi and Abeje, who are slaves on the Caribbean island of Martinique in the 18th century, and follows Adunbi’s descendants to Quebec City, Montreal, Philadelphia, and New York City in the proceeding centuries. In each era, a different character is highlighted: Abeje becomes a respected healer; Adunbi’s daughter, Hetty, is taken to Quebec City and becomes emancipated; Hetty’s son Guillaume is successful, marries, and has children, but hides his homosexuality until a chance encounter changes his life; Eleanor, Guillaume’s musically talented daughter, gets an opportunity to audition for a prestigious conservatory in New York, which takes her life in unexpected directions. Turpin’s cool, clear voice fluidly takes the listener from place to place, and her accent switches seamlessly from Caribbean to French to English to American Southern, giving each character a distinct and authentic voice. Turpin’s multifaceted performance enhances this rich tapestry of a novel. A Raincloud hardcover. (Apr.) —Publisher’s Weekly


House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, and narrated by Bahni Turpin, is available for pre-order now, in hardcover or ebook.
We’ve partnered with Blackstone Audio to distribute the audio version of House of Rougeaux worldwide. Look for CD or downloadable versions of House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and narrated by Bahni Turpin at all your favorite audiobook vendors on April 24th, 2018. Also, you can order the book on CD through your favorite bookstore.

 

Here’s pre-order links for audio versions on Amazon and Downpour.

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Book Trailer for House of Rougeaux

Hear a clip of the audiobook for House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Stay tuned for new reviews of the audiobook to appear very soon. Publishers Weekly and AudioFile Magazine are both reviewing the audio version of House of Rougeaux mostly likely to be published in early April.

House of Rougeaux in Foreword Reviews

In the March/April issue of Foreword Reviews  a lovely review of House of Rougeaux appears. Here’s an excerpt of the review.  Don’t miss your opportunity to own this highly anticipated title. Pre-order your copy now!

The story unfolds in seven sections, each focusing on a different member of what becomes a very large clan. To the book’s credit, this is not your typical generational tale. The sections are not presented in chronological order, but skip from Abeje to the 1960s and civil rights eras, then back again to the last decades of slavery, then forward to post-Civil War years.  Also unconventional is the fact that the story does not pass from parent to child, but broadens to hopscotch among characters who are distant cousins.

Both of these high-wire risks work to the book’s advantage, creating a wide tapestry rather than a narrow portrait and giving a sense of the vast scope that the word “family” entails….Perhaps the greatest achievement of the book is that in spite of the inescapable presence of slavery and prejudice, it isn’t really about either of these things. Jenny Jaeckel’s House of Rougeaux is about people–varied and fully realized individuals who make the flawed world their own.

 

–Susan Waggoner, Foreword Reviews

 


House of Rougeaux is available for pre-order online and will be sold in bookstores across the US and Canada. Publication date is April 24th, 2018.

Author Jenny Jaeckel’s fourth book and debut novel, House of Rougeaux, was named one of Bitch Media’s 25 Must-Reads for 2018. Learn more about Jenny Jaeckel at www.jennyjaeckel.com.