Jenny Jaeckel’s first full length novel House of Rougeaux is scheduled for publication on April 24th, 2018. To be available in Hardcover, ebook and audiobook (narrated by Bahni Turpin, digital download). For more information about House of Rougeaux, please visit www.raincloudpress.com.
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Hardcover, 310 pages, 6×9″, $26.95 ISBN 978-1-941203-24-8
Praise for the Audiobook:
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. —Publishers Weekly starred review
House of Rougeaux Description:
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.
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.