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.