Miami : A Saga

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Miami, Florida, a garden spot of dreams, a magnet of ambitions and desires, a center of power and privilege, a crossroads of races, cultures, and creeds, is the superbly rendered setting for this multigenerational saga of men and women seeking their destinies and finding their fates.Seldom does a writer so seamlessly interweave enthralling history with evocative storytelling. Spanning a hundred years of challenge and change, Evelyn Wilde Mayerson's breathtaking panorama of Miami, Florida, traces the tragedies and triumphs of five families - from the hardy homesteaders of the post-Civil War era to their descendants who bravely battle the devastation left by hurricane Andrew in 1992. This is where visionary men and women with passion, energy, and shining dreams transform a wild and beautiful stretch of coast into a vigorous multiethnic community - and in so doing, transform America.It is here we meet pioneer homesteaders Eulalie and John Quincy Coombs as they stake their claim and build the sturdy pine house on the site of what will become one of the South's most vibrant cities...and where Eulalie, once a sheltered Southern belle, learns the hard lessons of frontier life - and even harder lessons of illicit love that will have consequences spiralling down through the years. The young black fugitive Caroline Hanna finds safety in Miami, and her beloved son grows up strong enough to defy the Ku Klux Klan.Other generations find immigrant Zalman Levy making the fortune his son will one day risk to guarantee Jewish refugees safe passage to America...high-risk wheeler-dealers playing dangerous business games in the teeth of the Cuban revolution...and Vietnam vets coming home to fight a far different war on the streets. But it is the beautiful, liberated Starlight Watson, Eulalie's great-great-granddaughter, heir to her ancestor's pioneering spirit and passion, who comes full circle when she acquires the century-old pine home she vows to preserve for yet another generation.Moving through peace and war, booms and busts, revolutions and cataclysms, capturing the migrations of all the different cultures brought to South Florida through the decades, Miami: A Saga is at once intimate and spectacular - an irresistible story that thrusts you into the lives and loves of real people, and reflects the very essence of a city of sun and sand, glitter and grit. Evelyn Wilde Mayerson has written a novel of spellbinding excitement - a sweeping epic brimming with verve, authenticity, and a sure sense of history.
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  • Hardback | 450 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 771.1g
  • Dutton Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525936467
  • 9780525936466

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