In Liberty's Name
Paris, 1792. When Jean Baptiste Aubert narrowly escapes death in the bloody streets of Paris during the French Revolution, he abandons his study for the priesthood and seeks a safe haven in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue. Through a chance meeting with wealthy silk merchant and plantation owner Michel Saunier and his family, Jean finds work and romance on the steamy tropical island, where black slaves are forced to labor inhumanely in the sugarcane fields. For young Marie Josephine Saunier, her anticipated adventure on the island turns to tragedy and loss, as the slaves' quest for freedom erupts in a terrifying rebellion. The colony is thrust into a war of race and revenge that ends with the formation of a new nation, Haiti. Estranged by the war and their own inner conflicts, Jean and Marie escape separately to nearby Cuba. But their refuge in the Spanish colony is short-lived. Forced into exile again, they join thousands of French emigres sailing to the new American city of New Orleans. Inspired by a true story and sweeping through four countries and two decades, this historical novel is peopled with figures such as King Louis XVI and Toussaint Louverture, the former slave known as Haiti's liberator. In Liberty's Name brings to life the events of a tumultuous period whose impact was felt worldwide and whose influence remains today."
- Hardback | 213 pages
- 160.02 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
- 09 Apr 2014
- Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Historians have long been fascinated by the Atlantic world in the age of revolutions, though few novelists have set their stories in this complicated and disturbing world. In her historical novel, In Liberty's Name, Eva Augustin Rumpf takes her readers along the winding path that brought her ancestors, the Augustins, from the Loire Valley to Saint-Domingue, Cuba, and finally to New Orleans. By placing her ancestors among thousands of other refugees of the French and Haitian revolutions, Rumpf plunges her readers into the turmoil of this seminal period of Atlantic world history. The tale of the Augustin family, a family that became major actors in 19th century New Orleans, is a breathtaking story of historical importance. -- Nathalie Dessens, author of From Saint-Domingue to New Orleans: Migration and Influences
About Eva Augustin Rumpf
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Eva Augustin Rumpf left the city at age eighteen to attend Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, where she majored in English, graduating summa cum laude. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has held a number of positions, working as an English teacher, newspaper reporter, publications editor, mayoral staff aide, public relations executive, and university journalism instructor. She published her first freelance article in the local newspaper more than thirty-two years ago. Since then she has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and several of her essays and articles have been syndicated nationally. Eva currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband, Bill, and their two cats. They have four adult children and five grandchildren. She continues to write, edit, and teach writing workshops.