Jeffrey Colvin

A century earlier, Kath Ella’s ancestors established a new home in N.S.. Like her ancestors, Kath Ella’s life is shaped by hardship—she struggles to conceive and to provide for her family during the long, bitter Canadian winters.

She must also contend with the locals’ lingering suspicions about the dark-skinned “outsiders” who live in their midst. Her fierce love for her son, Omar, cannot help her overcome the racial prejudices that linger in this remote, tight-knit place. As he grows up, the rebellious Omar refutes the past and decides to break from the family, threatening to upend all that his people have tried to build. Over the decades, each successive generation drifts further from Africaville, yet they take a piece of this indelible place with them as they make their way to Montreal, Vermont, and beyond, to the deep South of America.

Call number: F COLV

Novel: Africville