Jenny Jaeckel’s Debut Novel House of Rougeaux is to be published in Spring 2018!
For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that carries them through.
At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as maid to the slave owner’s daughters. There she discovers a talent for piano and meets a bold saddler’s apprentice named Dax Rougeaux. After buying her freedom, Dax and Hetty join a growing community of Afro-Canadians living free.
In moving prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family truimphs while exposing the injustices of their trials. As each new member of the family takes the spotlight, a fresh piece of the puzzle is illuminated until at last, after a span of nearly two centuries, the end brings us back to the beginning.
In her debut novel, award-winning author Jenny Jaeckel masterfully blends coming-of-age, folklore, and historical fiction with explorations of gender, race, and sexuality, creating a wondrous tale of hope and healing.
Jaeckel is the author of two graphic novels (most recently Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, 2016) and a collection of short stories (For the Love of Meat, 2016). Jaeckel lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her family. For more information see her blog at www.jennyjaeckel.com.
House of Rougeaux will be available as an audio book!
The audio book is scheduled for simultaneous release. Stay tuned for more details.