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Abraham's Well: A Novel [Paperback]

By Sharon Ewell Foster (Author)
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I have discovered there's Indian in my family heritage....

The time is 1838.

Armentia pointed to a well on the land their Cherokee master owns. "It seems hard to believe now, son, but someday we'll have our own land. Land with a well just like this one?."

Inspired by true events, authentic slave narratives, and other historical accounts, Abraham's Well is the profoundly moving story of the Black Cherokee--African Americans, both slave and free--who, along with native people, walked the Trail of Tears. It is the story of their forced removal from the Southeast to Indian Territory--modern day Oklahoma--and of the courage and faith of one woman as she struggles to overcome her desperate circumstances.

And it is the story of an author who, in researching and writing, found her own way home.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2006
ISBN  0764228870  
ISBN13  9780764228872  

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More About Sharon Ewell Foster

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sharon Ewell Foster is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. Sharon is a Christy Award-winning author whose books have earned her a loyal following that crosses market, gender, and racial boundaries. Her debut novel, Passing by Samaria, was the first successful Christian fiction written by an African American, and it was selected as the NAACP Book of the Year in 2000.

Sharon Ewell Foster currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.

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Trail of tears...  Mar 21, 2007
Can you imagine being forced from your home at gunpoint, forced to walk 1000 miles, most times in extreme weather conditions, lose family and friends along the way, and not be given a chance to bury them properly? From 1838-1839, this is exactly what the Black Cherokee Indians, and other natives, were forced to endure.

ABRAHAM'S WELL reads like a conversation you would have with the older members of your family; a conversation where you learn about your family's history. Come, sit at the feet of Armentia, as she tells the story of her family, from the joyful times playing with her brother and friends, to the sorrowful times when all seemed lost as they endured injustice and degradation, death and devastation. This suffering occured on the 1000 mile journey from what is now known as North Carolina to Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma. Come, sit at the feet of Armentia, as she reminiscences about love lost and found, and the emptiness of fear and betrayal. Come, sit at the feet of Armentia, and be exposed to a history lesson like no other.

There really are no words that would do justice to this powerfully written novel. Foster painted a picture so vivid, told a tale with so much heartfelt emotion, that I felt as if I were right there, an eyewitness to all the travesty that was heaped upon the Black Cherokee. Although a work of fiction, ABRAHAM'S WELL, which is based on actual events, is a story of faith, hope and courage that every person of color should read. Not only has this book become one of my favorite reads for the year, it has become one of my all-time favorite reads.

Reviewed by Renee Williams
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Wonderful!!!  Mar 6, 2007
What a wonderful book. It only took me two days to read. The heartbreaking story has enlightened me beyond words. A must read for everyone.
Abraham's Well--An ASiS Book Club Review  Mar 4, 2007
Abraham's Well introduces readers to trials and tribulations endured on the Trail of Tears from a child's point of view. This novel pours out an abundance of information that you will never see in history books. Although, the novel moves at a slow pace, it gives readers a blunt look into fear, slavery and racism without sugar coating the events.

If you want a deeper, educational view of slavery, then this book is for you. From cover to cover, you are sure to be exposed to a piece of history that was not taught in your high school classroom. Kudos to Ms. Foster for educating all of us.
The Black Cherokees Who Walked the Trail of Tears  Jan 30, 2007
Sharon Ewell Foster has written an admirable fictional account of the African American experience before, during and after the Trail of Tears; the removal of the Cherokee and other Native tribes from the east coast to Oklahoma in the 1830s. There is very little written about the role blacks, both free and slave, of African and Indian blood, played in this tragic journey in American history. Abraham's Well recounts the trials, tribulations and sometime triumphs of Armentia, a slave of African and Cherokee descent.

Armentia is secure living among the Cherokee in North Carolina. Though her family is both black and Cherokee she feels that Mama Emma and Papa, the mixed-blood Cherokees who own her, are family to her. Armentia, her mother and father and brother, Abraham (One Who Protects His Family) live on the land they work cooperatively with the other Cherokee. Armentia spends days drawing water from the well and spying on her brother and his friends, hunting and fishing, on the verge of manhood. But the winds of change are all around her in the mid-1830s. Missionaries and white government men bring word that life as Armentia's family has known will be over when they are ordered to be removed from their land; to be deposed to the west. How will they cope? What will happen to them?

The cold reality that they are slaves and therefore, property to be bought and sold, is a fact finally realized. When the final order for removal comes, Armentia's family, along with thousands of other families make the trek of The Trail Where We Cried, (Nunna daul Isunyi) by foot from the east to Oklahoma (Indian Territory). It is a long, bitter trip, with harsh winters and lack of supplies and food. Many die along the way. Over a period of sixty years, we watch Armentia, as a young girl sold off to slave owners, raped, become a mother, witness her mother's death, is freed and enslaved yet again and sent to Texas. Emancipation is proclaimed and she is sent back to Indian Territory, always on her mind, looking to own land; the land her deceased father promised, land where there would be a well waiting for Abraham when he comes back to find them.

This is a story of betrayal, heartache, politics and racism. I commend Ewell Foster for writing of this little known piece of history. It is a complex and convoluted history but there are reverberations that exist to this day in Indian Territory where the descendants of slaves, the Cherokee Freedmen and those of the other civilized tribes are going before the State and Supreme courts to gain rights, land and benefits. Though many of them are documented and have Native blood, they are being denied citizenship.

While Ewell Foster creates a venue for bringing this information to the forefront, and while this account shows the harshness endured, it was somewhat tempered, in my opinion, by its' conservative Christian publishing house; John Jakes or E.L. Doctorow would have put a different slant on it. There were long drawn out sermons peppered throughout the text as a testament of the conversion of the Native peoples by missionaries. A scene however that was quite poignant was of Armentia, as a newlywed, being bathed in spring water by her new husband, who eventually runs away to freedom. Told from the point of view of Armentia as an old woman going back in time, fans of Sharon Ewell Foster who enjoy her writing style will no doubt be pleased with this offering. More telling, the author was able to make a connection of her own heritage while doing research. I have a feeling we will be reading more stories of the Freedmen descendants who walked the Trail of Tears.

Dera R. Williams
APOOO BookClub

Beautiful yet painful  Dec 31, 2006
I read this book and I just wanted to cry; Cry for Armentia and her family; How her brother Abraham was fearless yet took the rap for her; for the Trail of Tears that they had to endure; For the hardships they had to endure; My heart just felt so bad for them; I just cannot understand how one can easily sell another into bondage and not think about it; It is crazy indeed.

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