The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint
Come join us on Saturday, November 24 where we will have a book signing with Keith Madsen from 1-3 p.m.
Guest Blogger Keith Madsen:
In this commercial fiction novel with an historical backdrop, The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint, Isaac Breda seeks to renew the revolution of his famous forefather, Toussaint Louverture. He is depressed that a revolution which had so much potential, and which had cost so much, seemed to have so little to show for it. He resolves to start a non-violent revolution to make their freedom real. In the first half of the novel, the story is told by alternating chapters between historical sections, telling the story of Toussaint and his compatriots, and contemporary sections, where Isaac seeks to renew Toussaint’s spirit in his people.
Isaac’s story intersects with that of his best friend’s beautiful sister, Marie-Noëlle. At first she is mainly focused on moving to the United States and making her fame and fortune in modeling. But her character develops into a powerful agent of change herself when the revolution falls on her shoulders. The immense challenge transforms both her and her country.
This is a novel for many different kinds of readers. It is a novel for readers who are looking for romance. As the love story between Isaac and Marie-Noëlle advances, so does the dramatic tension in the novel between Isaac and Marie-Noëlle’s desire to be with each other, and their different visions of the future. Can they share the same vision and future?
It is also a novel for persons with an interest in history. The Haitian revolution was one of the most influential events of the New World. It frightened many whites in the United States, including even Thomas Jefferson. But it also served as an inspiration for anti-slavery forces, and was an important influence on the U.S. Civil War. Toussaint Louverture became an inspirational figure for people throughout the world.
Persons seeking hope for change in this world will also be lifted up by this novel. Whether in the U.S. or Haiti, people today want to make a difference. Isaac, Marie-Noëlle and friends seek to live out the Margaret Mead saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” When all is said and done, that is what this novel is about.
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