2015 Freeman
by Leonard Pitts

2015 Galveston Reads Selection Freeman by Leonard Pitts

FreemanThe 2015 Galveston Reads selection is Freeman, by Pulitzer prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts. Freeman sends the reader back to the chaotic weeks after the Civil War, a time when families of slaves were freed but not necessarily together. The titular hero, Sam Freeman, buys a classified ad in the hope of reuniting his family.

Pitt’s novel begins a few months after President Lincoln has died from an assassin’s bullet. Wheels are already set in motion by Sam Freeman, a Philadelphian who has taken to the road on a southerly course, vowing to return to the brutal Mississippi plantation that he escaped from 15 years earlier. Though Sam and Tilda were never married, slaves were legally prevented from getting married; Sam is married to Tilda in his heart.

Sam Freeman is set on a collision course; his ultimate goal is to reunite with his wife Tilda, who he left behind. Unfortunately, as Sam is heading south, Tilda is traveling west under armed guard. Tilda’s master has a scheme; he attempts to move what remains of his plantation stock to Arkansas, a territory that exist in a legal gray area that might uphold his right to own slaves.

Leonard Pitts has meticulously researched this era in American History and crafts a gripping, yet fascinating historical fiction novel full of tragedy and triumph.

At a glance

Galveston Reads, a popular volunteer-driven “One Community, One Book” program operating under the organizational umbrella of the Rosenberg Library, provides an opportunity for all residents high school age through senior citizens to participate in a unique communitywide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book.

In its 12th year, the Galveston Reads series promotes community involvement in Galveston County with a wide range of events, activities, and thoughtful discussions.

If you cannot attend but would still like to volunteer, contact Idalia Avezuela, iavezuela@rosenberg-library.org or (409) 763 - 8854 ext. 137. Meeting attendance is not required to participate.

Page last updated: 04/01/2015