Secessia➮ [Ebook] ➩ Secessia By Kent Wascom ➺ – New Orleans May 1862 The largest city in the ill starred confederacy has fallen to Union troops under the soon to be infamous General Benjamin “the Beast” Butler The city is rife with madness and New Orleans May The largest city in the ill starred confederacy has fallen to Union troops under the soon to be infamous General Benjamin “the Beast” Butler The city is rife with madness and rage When twelve year old Joseph Woolsack disappears from his home he draws into the unrest his mother Elise a mixed race woman passing for white and his father Angel whose long and wicked life is drawing to a close What follows forces mother and son into a dark new world Joseph must come to grips with his father’s legacy of violence and his growing sentiment for Cuban exile Marina Fandal the only survivor of a shipwreck that claimed the lives of her parents Elise must struggle to maintain a hold on her sanity her son and her own precarious station but is threatened by the resurgence of a troubling figure from her past Dr Emile Sabatier a fanatical physician who adores disease and is deeply mired in the conspiracy and intrigue surrounding the occupation of the city Their paths all intersect with General Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts a man who history will call a beast but whose avarice and brutal acumen are ideally suited to the task of governing an “ungovernable city”Alternating between the perspectives of the five characters of Elise Dr Sabatier Joseph Marina and Butler Secessia weaves a tapestry of ravenous greed and malformed love of slavery and desperation set within the baroue melting pot that is New Orleans A Gothic tableaux vivant of epic scope and intimate horror Secessia is the netherworld reflection of the conflict between north and south. Smoke is still rising off Kent Wascom’s spectacular debut“The Blood of Heaven” 2013 but this young author is already roaring back with a seuel the second volume of an audacious sextet that will span the history of the American Gulf coast It’s confirmation of what was immediately obvious With his rusty tooth style and flare for brutality Wascom is one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in the countryIn “The Blood of Heaven” a preacher turned slaver named Angel Woolsack galloped through a gory picaresue of West Florida when the Kemper Brothers and Aaron Burr were fomenting revolution But with “Secessia” Wascom shifts tactics and offers up a story that burns in one febrile place New Orleans 1862This is a Gothic tale of revolution broken rebels crippled passions smothered but not extinguished Chapter 1 rises on a ruinscape The great city is carpeted in ash from burnt cotton and sugar and ships — all the “self destroyed commerce” the defiant citizens of New Orleans are determined to keep out of the hands of the conuering Union soldiers “Men hack and say they will fight women that they will drink poison” Wascom writes but most residents uickly submit under the firm and crafty rule of Gen Benjamin Butler and his men You can read the entire review in The Washington Posthttpwwwwashingtonpostcomenterta Received from Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest reviewThis was an EXTREMELY hard book for me to get into I found the sentences and the writing to be very wordy and found myself having to read and re read passages again and again before things made sense to me I honestly struggled for the first 100 pages and almost gave up on the book on than one occasion I gave it the old college try and finally I got the flow of the book But honestly I don't like when I have to work so hard to read a book Reading in my opinion should be enjoyable for me this felt like work I like to think of myself as a smart person I have 3 college degrees but geez when you need to keep looking up words or read a page several timesit's just WAY TOO MUCH Plus I had a hard time feeling for any of the characters in the book For me the wordiness took away from the story The book is told through the POV of 5 characters For me this is what worked best in this particular book The characters are varied ranging from young to old Some are uit disturbing It is probably the only real thing I liked about the book The characters do a lot of thinking and talking This is a gothic novel set in 1862 when New Orleans is overtaken by Union troops I would have liked action More somethingbut definitely less wordiness With Blood of Heaven we were blessed to see Wascom's talent and what a staggering amount at that With Secessia we get to see his range and skill With his second book he goes from first person to third person single POV to multiple past tense to present tense and he pulls it all off without a hitch I think people will be looking at Wascom's whole body of work in the future as THE chronicler of the Gulf Coast and beyond and these seemingly effortless jumpstransitions will be significant They're like the claws digging inI loved the cast of characters and the book gives us one of the all time portraits of New Orleans so detailed and organic and immersive you have to wonder if Wascom has a time machine hiding in the closet The prose rolls like thunder and there are metaphors here I will never forget the noose drips like poison I CANNOT wait for Wascom's next book For now I will have to content myself with rereading BoH while I wait wait waitI thought I submitted this review like two months ago but I guess it didn't take NoNopeNaddaI so wanted to like this book But I felt it was written to be difficult and fpr some reason I kept having the nagging feeling that the author had an ATTITUDE and talked down to the reader I did not like that at all and only read 34th of the book WHAT A WASTE OF TIME I don't think I have ever given up on a book just 12 pages in I'm sure Mr Wascom is all impressed with his bad self I however am not Book return bin at my local library here I come This novel seduces the reader with an over powering scent of voluptuous decaying flowers suppressed and illicit passion and the stink of a city prone to yellow fever cholera and rotting from mixing of the bloods and racial bigotry This is New Orleans circa 1860s occupied by the Yankees and roiling with secessionist sentiment especially among its non too genteel lady folk Wascom's prose is florid provocative and overblown but perfectly suited to the city and the times This is after all the heady melting pot of the South home of white black Creole Frenchmidgetsmongrels misfits SpanishZouaves and the legendary General PT Beaureguard Its ringmaster for a brief whilewas the luckless General Benjamin the Beast Butlerso named because in order to control the vicious behavior of the Southern ladies towards his occupying troops which included dumping slop pots over their heads from the second floor of their homesand preventing civilian rebellion Butler decreed that any mischievous woman be identified as a prostitute plying her trade and be treated accordingly IE have at them gentlemen they are all sluts Needless to say Secessionist womanhood was appalled But that is only one small segment of this rich historical yarnThere are ill matched lovers emotional and sexual obsession beautiful mulatto women reduced to essential sexual bondage because of their portion of black blood unrepentant aging slavers child hood sweethearts who bloom into lustful teens a sadistic controlling physician well versed in the arts of malicious medicine and a dense intricate plot which weaves a chilling web This may sound like a pot boilers but Wascom's words and vision are far above that There are phrases that make the entire novel vibrateat the risk of spoiling your read how about the simile for an incongruous situation like a dagger in a basinett Wow I don’t know why we teach students the old plot diagram any Sure it still works for a lot of stories but authors seem to be experimenting and with the structure of stories The traditional plot diagram doesn’t work at all for Secessia by Kent Wascom There’s a dramatis personae at the beginning of this book and thank goodness for it After a prologue that centers on one of the main characters the book takes turns taking readers inside the minds of a possibly murderous widow her angry and grieving son the widow’s lover the girl her son loves and an occupying Union general Each of the characters is acting out their own story freuently intersecting each other’s stories Set during the occupation of New Orleans during the Civil War Secessia is a book in which domestic drama becomes even heightened because it takes place in a city that might become an active war zone at any moment Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type Dark frightening defined perfectly by the writing on the first page Hooks you right away with a girl in formal ball gown who appears with blood all over her face; how can you see that and not think What the HELL is going on here? Upon finishing the book I realized something pretty interesting Not a whole heckuva lot actually happens in it I really admire authors who can suck you in with description and character studies rather than a laundry list of activities designed simply to keep the story moving I also appreciated Wascom's strategy of changing character pov every chapter A highly visual and affecting tale I'm for sure going to pick up Wascom's first book after reading this one The author uses four words for every one he needs And the words are obscure at that as though he's trying to best the reader It made finishing this book impossible It's sad to see the language mangled in a I'm really smart way but the author did just that with Secessia Gave this book a 4 star Wanted to give it 5 but the beginning of the book annoyed me so much I just couldn't See other reviews It took me some time to get to where I enjoyed it Wonderful characters Worth the slugging through the first part

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  • Hardcover
  • 339 pages
  • Secessia
  • Kent Wascom
  • 20 July 2015
  • 9780802123619