Historically accurate, the book draws upon interviews with academics, historians, and educators, as well as dissertations, histories, Gullah stories, cookbooks, and the diaries of Lowcountry rice planters. The Rice Birds takes the reader beyond the well-known narrative about Charleston’s history to reveal real events and lives that have seen little light in contemporary books. Some stories were so compelling, they needed little embellishment before being woven into this tale.
Praise for The Rice Birds
“Like the hunted rice birds of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, two desperate women — an Irish indentured servant and an enslaved servant — flee antebellum Charleston in this meticulously-researched and beautifully-crafted race to freedom.
The Rice Birds is an atmospheric, unforgettable novel that dives into the tumultuous years preceding the Civil War to reveal the determination, perseverance, and courage of remarkable women in search of self, family, and home. I loved it.“
— Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
of more than 27 books
“In a poignant story of two runaway servants who befriend each other in 1849 Charleston to survive, The Rice Birds will steal your heart. The starving Irish immigrant and the enslaved house servant battle a common enemy while trying to find their loved ones snatched from their arms. Lindy Keane Carter’s transportive prose will carry you through this compelling and splendid story.“
— Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
“Lindy Keane Carter is a captivating writer of historical fiction and a powerful storyteller. The Rice Birds has tension on every page, truth that shocks and exposes, and characters we come to love. Carter’s Irish brogue is transporting, and the pages are littered with magical phrases: “No bigger than a penny’s worth of soap“ and “A big-eyed waif folded up like a broken twig.“ I am a big fan of Carter’s writing talent, and her latest novel is a first-class winner!“
— Leah Weiss, bestselling author of If the Creek Don’t Rise and
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