Book Review: Sweetsmoke by David Fuller.
“In 1862, while Civil War rages between the North and South, there are daily battles being fought outside the killing fields. At Sweetsmoke in particular, a Virginia tobacco plantation, one slave has pledged to avenge the senseless murder of a friend.
Cassius, a skilled and sought-after carpenter, sets forth to find out who is responsible for the murder of Emoline Justice, a freed slave. What he learns about the people surrounding him pales in comparison to what he learns about himself in this tale of love, deceit and the thin line between the two. His interesting relationship with plantation owner Hoke Howard, his secret literacy, and his place within the plantation slave hierarchy all contribute to the portrait of Cassius as determined, resourceful, and intelligent.
Sweetsmoke is the first novel hailing from screenwriter David Fuller, and by confronting many of the undeniable horrors of the Civil War era, the novel emerges as a well-written, enlightening and compelling slave narrative, enjoyable to any historical fiction reader.”
-Erin Dorney, August 2008