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 Hansen, Joyce.
New York : Walker, 1999.
ISBN 0802786367
                         Imagine you are free for the first time in your life.  Imagine the feeling when you finally find what you had been searching for.  Do you have the patience to wait for it?
                         It has been five years since Obi was in South Carolina.  He is no longer a runaway slave.  He is a freed man and a Union Army officer looking for the only family he has ever known, Easter and Jason.
                         Obi finds New Canaan, a settlement of former slaves, where he learns Easter and Jason used to be.  However, Obi learns that Easter is studying in the North.  Immediately Obi writes to Easter and professes his love for her and proposes marriage.
                         They begin to write letters to each other and will get married as soon as Easter finishes her studies.  In the meantime, Obi is to build their home in New Canaan.  As the months drag on Obi becomes impatient.  Easter must stay longer than she planned so she can start a school and be the headmistress.  Obi looses their house in a violent storm.  He begs Easter to not return to the South but to go West.  Easter says that her roots are in New Canaan.  It is only when a dear friend has a recurrence of malaria and is near death that Easter returns.
                         It has been eight years since Easter and Obi have seen each other.  Is their love strong enough?  Will they be able to escape the past and begin a new life together?  Will Easter return to the North?  Read The Heart Calls Home by Joyce Hansen and find out what really happens to Obi, Easter, and Jason.
                    Itís a time for new beginnings.  Imagine you could finally have it all.  Would you seize the moment and take it?  (Cappy Holman, USC Graduate Student in LIS,
SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Reconstruction -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Fiction.
                        Islands -- Fiction.
                        South Carolina -- Fiction.


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