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100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews

I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

Free Men

Free Men: A Novel - Katy Simpson Smith

Three men find an unusual friendship during a trying time in America’s history.  In 1788, what is now Alabama an escaped slave, a Creek Indian and a wayward white man come together to travel for a few days and end up committing a murder.   Tracking them is a Frenchman named Le Clerc; Le Clerc is sent by the law, but would rather satisfy his curiosity of why these men are traveling so amicably together.  

 

I love that this story was imagined from a tiny piece of early American history where three men with the names of Bob, Cat and Istillicha committed a crime along the now named Murder Creek.  This was an intricate look into the lives of three desperate men from three very different social classes that find that they are not so different.  All three men are running from something and are able to find peace within one another’s understanding.  Each man’s story unfolds slowly as the author weaves through their current journey and their backstory.   I personally fell for Cat’s story the hardest, his story was gripping and heartfelt and he seemed to be the most damaged.  His revelations and friendships with the others seemed to be the most inspiring. Le Clerc was another surprising character, although sent to capture them; he was truly interested in what brought these men together.  Free Men offered an intense, emotional and unique look into well-developed characters.

 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.