Jenny Jaeckel’s first full length novel House of Rougeaux is scheduled for publication in Spring 2018.
Available for preorder here: House of Rougeaux.
Hardcover, 306 pages, 6×9″, $26.95
House of Rougeaux Description:
For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. But after a night of brutality leaves them orphaned, their strength and extraordinary bond 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 literary prose, author Jenny Jaeckel creates a brilliantly imagined epic, weaving a multi-layered narrative that celebrates the Rougeaux family while exposing systemic brutalization. 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 Jaeckel masterfully blends genres of mysticism, 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.