House of Rougeaux (pronounced Rouge-o) is a historical novel beginning in the Antilles Island of Martinique starting in the 1700s. It follows two slave children as they fight for survival and then their descendants as they immigrate to Canada and eventually to civil-rights-era United States. Don’t miss this literary family saga coming out in April 2018. To pre-order this title click here, call this number (800-888-4741), or see our page dedicated to House of Rougeaux for more options. This is Jenny Jaeckel’s debut novel, and it’s a keeper.
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House of Rougeaux
also to be available as an ebook and audiobook
Publication April 24th, 2018
Literary Historical Fiction
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. A relevant work of love, determination, and the many small achievements that make up greatness, House of Rougeaux draws a new map of what it means to be family.