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The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   12.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/17/2017

2018 Audie Finalist

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684093
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684109


From the author of the New York Times Notable Book Life Without Water, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a sweeping love story that "is as deeply moving and exciting an American saga as has ever been penned" (Lee Smith, author of Dimestore).

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I have been to hangings before, but never my own.

Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon "Persy" Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth—his truth. He may be guilty, but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master's wife.

In 1860, Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking, light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine. But on the eve of the Union Army's attack on New Orleans, Wilson shot Persy, leaving him for dead, and fled with Chloe and his other slaves to Texas. So began Persy's journey across the frontier, determined to reunite with his lost love. Along the way, he would be captured by the Comanche, his only chance of survival to prove himself fierce and unbreakable enough to become a warrior. His odyssey of warfare, heartbreak, unlikely friendships, and newfound family would change the very core of his identity and teach him the meaning and the price of freedom.


"The powerful voice of J.D. Jackson conveys the range of emotions—from joy to resignation—of both male and female characters. Jackson skillfully captures the nuances of the many accents of slave, slaveholder, Comanche, and frontiersman." —Library Journal Starred Audio

"Narrator JD Jackson's resonant voice enriches this graceful yet heartbreaking story of a freed slave who is facing the hangman's noose. . . . this is an excellent performance." —AudioFile

"JD Jackson's clear, measured dialogue aptly fits the voice of the educated slave, Percy Wilson, making his personal narrative even more poignant and moving." —Sound Commentary Starred Review

"A beautiful, heartbreaking tale of slavery that features a relatable cast of characters." —Kirkus

"The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a magnificent, immersive, breathtaking work of historical fiction.” —Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

"Nancy Peacock writes with power and lyricism, creating characters who come to vivid life and whose struggles grip the soul." —Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain

Author Bio

Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben.