The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock
1875: Drunken Bride, Texas. An ex-slave named Persimmon Wilson awaits his hanging for the murder of the man who once owned him. As he waits, he pens his story. The journey of Persimmon Wilson takes the reader from the brutality of slavery on a Louisiana sugar plantation to a ranch on the Texas frontier to life among the Comanche Indians. All through his travels, Persimmon Wilson seeks the one person he loves, a light-skinned house slave named Chloe. When he finds her, she is passing for white and is the wife of their former master. This is a rip-roaring, old-fashioned adventure romance. It is also a serious examination of assumptions about identity and truth.
Nancy Peacock's first book, Life Without Water, was published and chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. It was followed a few years later by Home Across the Road. In spite of this success she still had to keep her day job. She worked for years as a self-employed housecleaner. Her third book, and her first work of nonfiction, was taken from her experiences of living as an artist and a maid. A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life was published by Harper Collins in April, 2008.
She now runs writing workshops in her studio in Orange County. She lives with her husband, Ben, in a small house in Hillsborough, NC. Her website is www.nancypeacockbooks.com.