Blood Of Angels
The Second Book Of Joy
by Alexis Brooks de Vita
The Second Book of Joy: Blood of Angels is the first notebook of family lore that Professor Bo Wolfson researched in The Books of Joy: Burning Streams. These are the magical tales about their enslaved ancestors that his lover Eva Dennison fought with him to destroy.
In their collected memoirs, nine enslaved women tell how they freed themselves and took over their owners’ Mississippi breeding plantation, using African, African American, and European folktales to describe the magic and willpower that set them free.
From the tale of a beautiful woman imprisoned in a tower to save her village from slave raiders to the murdered girl whose spirit is trapped in her bedroom mirror, these stories build to a bloody battle between the shape-shifting freed people hiding in plain sight and the bounty-hunting patrollers who pursue them. The blue-eyed African American girl who masquerades as the freed people’s owner must learn, in the end, to choose the love and freedom in hiding that she can have or succumb to the death that is its only alternative.
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Born in the Watts Projects a few years before the Riots, Alexis Brooks de Vita lived in Uganda under Idi Amin Dada and was sent to school in Switzerland to escape his coup, traveling through France, Italy, Hungary, and Russia while it was still the Soviet Union. She has two daughters and two sons who have traveled with her in Europe and Uganda. Her degrees are in the Comparative Literature of women of African descent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. She is the author of Mythatypes: Signatures and Signs of African/Diaspora and Black Goddesses; The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman: An Exercise in Historical Imagination. Her publications with Fiction4All include Left Hand of the Moon, Dante's Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell, and the Books of Joy Trilogy: Burning Streams, Blood of Angels and Chain Dance. She is the contributing editor of two anthologies: Love and Darker Passions and Tales in Firelight and Shadow.