Golden Poppies


      Golden Poppies
From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed comes the empowering novel of two generations of American women connected by the past and fighting for a brighter future It s 1894 Jordan Wallace and Sadie Wagoner appear to have little in common Jordan, a middle aged black teacher, lives in segregated Chicago Two thousand miles away, Sadie, the white wife of an ambitious German businessman, lives in tolerant Oakland, California But years ago, their families intertwined on a plantation in Virginia There, Jordan s and Sadie s mothers developed a bond stronger than blood, despite the fact that one was enslaved and the other was the privileged daughter of the plantation s owner.With Jordan s mother on her deathbed, Sadie leaves her disapproving husband to make the arduous train journey with her mother to Chicago But the reunion between two families is soon fraught with personal and political challenges.As the harsh realities of racial divides and the injustices of the Gilded Age conspire to hold them back, the women find they need each other than ever Their courage, their loyalty, and the ties that bind their families will be tested Amid the tumult of a quickly changing nation, their destiny depends on what they re willing to risk for liberation. Free Download [ Golden Poppies ] By [ Laila Ibrahim ] – tbjewellers.co.uk

My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children s School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own There are scenes in Yellow Crocus that were largely influenced interactions I had with children from Woolsey.As a birth doula I had the privilege of witnessing the intensity and joy of childbirth You can see that my birth experiences are reflected in my novels Spiritual themes that cross over multiple religious traditions come directly from working as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland I live in a small co housing community in Berkeley, California, with my wonderful wife, Rinda, our amazing children, Kalin and Maya, and our crazy dogs, Bella and Lucie I m very grateful to be a full time writer starting in 2015.I was surprised when the writing bug bit me The idea for the story came to me in 1998, I was with a group of people talking about Tiger Woods Someone mentioned that he identifies as much as an Asian person as an African American person I thought to myself, Of course he does, his mother is Asian You form your core identity in relationship to your primary caregivers It s a basic part of the attachment process Then the image of Lisbeth, a white baby, breastfeeding in the loving arms of Mattie, an enslaved wetnurse came to me in a flash I thought about what it would be like for Lisbeth to dearly love Mattie and then be taught by society that she wasn t a full person I wondered how it would feel for Mattie to be forced to abandon Samuel, her own child, in the slave Quarters Then I imagined what the experience would be like for Miss Anne, the birth mother, to have her own child twist away from her to get into Mattie s arms These characters started to haunt me Various scenes popped into my head Though I had never written anything, I was being called to tell this story For my fortieth birthday, I began the personal marathon of writing my first novel I hope you will come to love these characters as much as I have.At face value Living Right seems like a big leap from Yellow Crocus, but it deals with the same themes a caregiver loving across a huge societal barrier.I LOVED returning to Mattie, Lisbeth and Jordan for Mustard Seed The story of finding faith in hopeless times really resonates for me I plan to return to their families ongoing journey after I finish my current novel Paper Wife.Paper Wife focuses on Mei Ling, a young Chinese woman immigrating to San Francisco through Angel Island a in the early 1920 s Reactionary anti immigration laws in the United States and warfare in China caused people desperate for survival to be misleading about their identities so they could be united with family and have access to work Mei Ling yearns to have a life of integrity though it was built on a foundation of lies.Golden Poppies returns to the Freedman and Johnson families It was fascinating to bring them to California, to look at the suffrage movement, and to see how they could keep their connection strong in spite of the very different social worlds they occupied.

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10 thoughts on “ Golden Poppies

  1. says:

    Such an amazing novel, and series The Golden Poppies is the third in the Lizabeth and Mattie series If you have not read Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed you need to purchase and read them immediately before reading The Golden Poppies This series has followed and white woman and her family, as well as a black female and her life on the plantation, then as an escaped slave.The two families have undoubtably always been there for the other, no matter the skin color and no questions asked Often Such an amazing novel, and series The Golden Poppies is the third in the Lizabeth and Mattie series If you have not read Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed you need to purchase and read them immediately before reading The Golden Poppies This series has followed and white woman and her family, as well as a black female and her life on the plantation, then as an escaped slave.The two families have undoubtably always been there for the other, no matter the skin color and no questions asked Often they are questioned on their trust in the other, as the US is still in turmoil over slavery and women gaining rights and starting to speak up and out for themselves.Lizabeth had moved out west to California and had not seen Mattie in years, them still being in Chicago But one day a black negro male knocks on her door summoning her back to the east, with no time to spare Liz...

  2. says:

    I m not sure why this series is not listed as a series This is the third book about Lisbeth and Mattie Yellow Crocus Lisbeth is born into privilege and Mattie is her enslaved wet nurseMustard Seed 1868, continues Lisbeth Mattie s storiesGolden Poppies 1894, the story c...

  3. says:

    Her books are so easy to read, thorough enjoyment.

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this engaging book To see the history of this 1890s was great, especially viewing that history through the lenses of women of different races, ages and life experiences That it was set in part in Oaklandmy homemade it especially meaningful.This is the third in a series of books about two intertwined familiesone black and one white, starting before the Civil War I havent read the first two books yet and I was pleased that Golden Poppies tells a story that stands on its I really enjoyed reading this engaging book To see the history of this 1890 s was great, especially viewing that history through the lenses of women of different races, ages and life experiences That it was set in part in Oakland my ...

  5. says:

    BE SURE TO READ ALL OF HER BOOKS OUTSTANDING

  6. says:

    A compelling believable historical novel of family, race and ethnic relationships told from the viewpoints of two women, one white, one black and the lasting bond that developed before the Civil War on a Southern plantation between their mothers, a white child and her slave nurse Against the backdrop of Oakland in the 1890 s, the women s suffrage movement, the racial tensions of Post Civil War America, the two women experience deep changes, one learning about her own strength and A compelling believable historical novel of family, race and ethnic relationships told from the viewpoints of two women, one w...

  7. says:

    Laila Ibrahim displays in her fifth novel the same talent for telling a good story with moving characters that she showed in her earlier works Golden Poppies is a sequel to Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed, extending the stories of Mattie and Lisbeth and their descendants It is the 1890s and they have all moved to Oakland, California, a very different setting from Virginia and Ohio where they lived earlier The linked but contrasting fortunes of the Black and white characters are shown with Laila Ibrahim displays in her fifth novel the same talent for telling a good story with moving characters that she showed in her earlier works Golden Poppies is a sequel to Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed, extending the stories of Mattie and Lisbeth and their descendants It is the 1890s and they have all moved to Oakland, Califo...

  8. says:

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and my goodness, what an incredibly beautiful and well written novel From the first pages, I was pulled right into the story and the lives of the four women that it covers There s something so poignant about a book that starts with death How can you not be drawn in and not care about the people who will be impacted by it The authors style is immersive we feel like we are living the story along with the characters.We are immediately caught This is the first book I have read by this author, and my goodness, what an incredibly beautiful and well written novel From the first pages, I was pulled right into the story and the lives of the four women that it covers There s something so poignant about a book that starts with death How can you not be drawn in and not care about the people who will be impacted by it The author s style is immersive we feel like we are living the story along with the characters.We are immediately caught up in this world that compares and contrasts the lives of a black mother and daughter and a white mother and daughter The families connection has existed for decades, since before the Civil War when the black family were slaves of the white family But the web of relationships for those who...

  9. says:

    I read Laila Ibrahim s Yellow Crocus several years ago and found it really enjoyable When I spotted that one of this month sPrime First Reads was another of her books, I grabbed it without hesitation When I realised it was a continuation of the Yellow Crocus characters, I was even happier with my choice although I have to admit I did read the whole thing without realising I d missed the volume that goes between Yellow Crocus and Golden Poppies The great thing is that I I read Laila Ibrahim s Yellow Crocus several years ago and found it really enjoyable When I spotted that one of this month sPrime First Reads was another of her books, I grabbed it without hesitation When I realised it was a continuation of the Yellow Crocus characters, I was even happier with my choice although I have to admit I did read the whole thing without realising I d missed the volume that goes between Yellow Crocus and Golden Poppies The great thing is that I didn t need to have read Mustard Seed the middle book or to have any detailed memory of Yellow Crocus in order to enjoy this one.If you ask me Can I read this without reading the others I d say you can, but you might get a bitcontext if you ve read at least one of the previous books.In Yellow Crocus Ibrahim took on the issues of slavery and the ownership and abuse of other human beings Time has passed and Golden Poppies is set in the late 1800s, at a...

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