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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.

February Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel

House of Rougeaux

by Jenny Jaeckel

Giveaway ends February 25, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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This is our biggest giveaway yet! Fifty copies of House of Rougeaux will ship out on February 26th. Enter now for your chance to win. (you must be a Goodreads member to enter, but becoming a member is free, and organizing your virtual reading library on Goodreads is fun!)


Description

House of Rougeaux begins on a sugar plantation on the island of Martinique and follows the descendants of African slaves through countless trials, as they move to Canada and the US. Each new generation of the Rougeaux family takes the spotlight  in an emotional tale that spans nearly two centuries. Jenny Jaeckel blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous and harrowing tale of hope and healing.

 

#Rougeaux

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Making of an Audio Book

From the first days of Raincloud Press I’ve been looking for the right project to produce into an audiobook. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. The authors whose books I’ve acquired were all unknown when we first started. These days it can be hard to build fans from scratch. It takes time, and books, to build a fan base. As much as I wanted to produce an audio version of previous titles, it just didn’t make financial sense until House of Rougeaux came along.

We’ve been working with author Jenny Jaeckel since 2014, when we published her graphic novel Siberiak. She’s been building her platform with her unique, quirky and heart-wrenching writing style. But when I first read House of Rougeaux I knew it was something special. Jaeckel’s first novel, House of Rougeaux, is quite simply magical. So I set aside six months for the editing process, which I have never done before.  Jaeckel and editor Neesa Sonoquie worked tirelessly on House of Rougeaux beginning in Novemeber 2016 until it read like a sophomore literary novel.

The next step was finding the right publicist, and after careful consideration a partnership was formed between Raincloud and Tanya Farrell of Wunderkind PR. It doesn’t matter how good a book is, without the right publicist and marketing team, no one will find out about it. With the confidence a good publicist brings, we went about hunting for a studio to help us produce our first audiobook.

I had several referrals for good audio studios. I ended up connecting with Mosaic Audio in Los Angeles. Everything fell into place; with a hole in the schedule of our top choice narrator (Bahni Turpin), we struck an agreement. After going over names and foreign-language pronunciation with the author, they began recording in early December 2017. Mosaic’s team of engineers took over from there, and within a few weeks we had the final files!

We took the final files and  divided into CD-length files. We ordered CDs and made up advance review packages of the audiobook (see our video below!). These packages are for submitting the audiobook for review to places like Library Journal and AudioFile. But there are also extra copies that we plan to give away periodically on Instagram. We are giving away a book on CD next week (starting February  13th). If you haven’t followed us yet, please do to get the updates and for your chance to win House of Rougeaux swag: @raincloudpress.

House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel and performed by Bahni Turpin will be available in April as a digital download. A CD version of the audiobook will take longer to produce, stay tuned for that release date, but hopefully in June 2018.

Erika Lunder, publisher