REMEMBERED is the debut historical fiction novel by Yvonne Battle-Felton, a story where Spring, an emancipated slave, is forced to relive a haunting past in order to lead her dying son home.
From the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist and the Northern Writer's Award Winner comes. . .
'Compares with Toni Morrison's Beloved' Guardian
'Powerful, unapologetic, revealing' The Herald
'This book feels vital for our time' Irish Times 'It's haunting and militant and very visceral and compassionate, [a] heart wrenching story' Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
'Some books both break your heart and set you free. Remembered will change you' Rachel Edwards, author of Darling
It is 1910 and Philadelphia is burning . . .
The last place Spring wants to be is in the rundown, coloured section of a hospital surrounded by the groans of sick people and the ghost of her dead sister. But as her son Edward lays dying, she has no other choice.
There're whispers that Edward drove a streetcar into a shop window. Some people think it was an accident, others claim that it was his fault, the police are certain that he was part of a darker agenda. Is he guilty? Can they find the truth?
All Spring knows is that time is running out. She has to tell him the story of how he came to be. With the help of her dead sister, newspaper clippings and reconstructed memories, she must find a way to get through to him. To shatter the silences that governed her life, she will do everything she can to lead him home.
Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She is a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, Yvonne's work has been published in riverSedge, Assisi, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, Welter, Slices, and The Chesapeake Reader Literary Journal. Yvonne was a recipient of a Northern Writers' Award in 2017 for Remembered.