n light of Black History Month, the Norwalk Public Library brought Connecticut native author Vance Alexander, to bring to light essential history in his first novel.
"History is living today," said Alexander. "Everything that was done back then is repeated today in one form or another. There is still slavery going on."
His fictional novel, entitled "Expectant Journey", published in 2012, follows the life of 18 year old Jared Browne, son of a slave and wealthy Connecticut plantation owner, who is forced to leave home and seek freedom in Canada. Throughout his journey through forests and landscapes, Browne encounters several historical characters along the way.
"It's about a runaway white boy who is really black," said Vance Alexander. "And it's his life and travels on the road to freedom. It's a coming of age novel where he learns a great deal about the past and about nature and his quest to be free."
Alexander says it took about three years to complete the book, which included vast research on the flora and fauna needed to survive in the wild.
"There is a sequel that is being written right now," said Alexander. "It's three-quarters of the way through and it's the adventures of Jared when he comes back to his family plantation and his life beyond that point, which makes him a very successful young man and he passes for white."
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