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Speak Right On

A book is usually a one-sided affair: only the author reveals her thoughts and feelings. The airing of readers’ reactions typically is left to book groups. But not now, not here.

With this blog I want to hear what you have to say. Though I will use Speak Right On as a springboard and reference point for my blog entries, you don’t need to read my book to join the conversation.

Just speak right on, from the heart.

“He who does his best for his own time, lives for all times.”

African proverb

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Financial Times (London)

By John Sutherland 

Four new novels revolve around the American Civil War: The March by E.L. Doctorow, Canaan's Tongue by John Wray, The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant, and Speak Right On by Mary E. Neighbour. Each has a strikingly different take, and each aims to revise or inform received thinking on what the conflict did, or did not do, for the condition of the African-American.… Neighbour's novel purports to be the fictional autobiography of Dred Scott…. [I]n my judgment Neighbour pulls off her portrait of a good, simple, unassuming man who will - for reasons entirely beyond his doing - be forever famous.

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