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Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, was born sometime in February 1817. He selected the 14th as his birthday.

Time to read or re-read the tale of the two women in his life. His Valentines.

  • American Book Award
  • PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing
  • Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction
  • Finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award
  • Author of the Year Award, Go On Girl! Book Club

“[A] brave and courageous book” —The Washington Post Book World

“Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes takes us someplace we never knew existed. With insight and depth we get into the lives of these three historical people, Douglass, Douglass, and Assing, only to realize that they are as contemporary as we are. Well done!” —Whoopi Goldberg

“[A] passionate, moving novel that explores the place where American history intersects with the human heart.” —Charles Johnson

“Gorgeously written…Rhodes achieves a true balance of heart and mind in this fully realized book.”