House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel

House of Rougeaux

For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that carries them through. At the dawn of emancipation, Adunbi’s daughter Hetty finds her way to Quebec City as...

Details House of Rougeaux

TitleHouse of Rougeaux
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherRaincloud Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Cultural, Canada, Adult, Family, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Novels

Reviews House of Rougeaux

  • Chaya Nebel
    This multi-generational saga about a black family in the Americas is a thoughtful, incisive, touching and dramatic story. It starts with a brother and sister, slaves on a sugar plantation in Martinique, in the early 19th century. Abeje, the girl, utilizes her natural gifts and those of the natural world to become a healer. Her brother's daughter makes her way to Canada, eventually winning her freedom, and becomes the head of a family whose member...
  • Jennifer
    I won this novel from a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest review. First things first, this novel was incredibly well written. From the very start, the narrative draws you in and the words flow smoothly. I love it when a book is able to easily and quickly engage you, and this book definitely does that. The book centers on a black slave family and the joys and struggles they face throughout multiple generations. It begins with two children who ...
  • SibylM
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, and an honest review was request. The House of Rougeaux is a wonderful multi-generational family epic, following a family from slavery in Martinique to freedom and a multitude of stories and lives in Canada and the northeastern US. Multigenerational family stories are a particular love of mine, and I especially enjoyed getting to know parts of history that were unf...
  • Carol
    Having read about slavery in the Carribean previously, I appreciated how the story followed history so closely. This story starts in the Carribean and stretches to Canada. The author tells by jumping around in time. For the first half of the book, I had trouble keeping the characters straight because my eyesight is too poor to read the family tree. If the print size on the family tree could be increased, that would help tremendously. After the fi...
  • Gudrun Mouw
    I so admire the easeful writing style. The plot fascinates, and the ending fulfills, which is rare. I loved this book!
  • Homeschoolmama
    I received this ARC just a about a week ago and found it to be an interesting read. Not great, not a page turner that kept me up all night, but it was good. I was intrigued by the description of the story on the back - a brother and sister, Adunbi and Abeje, are born into slavery on a sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique and they survive, despite brutality, death, illness and loss. The beginning of the book follows their lives fo...
  • M
    This is a far flung family saga that begins with slaves in Martinique and skips back and forth in time and place. To Canada, The United states, Europe, and back to the Caribbean. The story jumps from 1785-1869, then to 1949, then 1964, then 1925, then 1853, then 1883-1889, and then the late 1800s. Each section looks at a different family member. They are like a series of interrelated stories.I rather liked this approach. It's very much the way we...
  • Beth
    House of Rougeaux is an engaging, well written multi-generational family saga. The author explores key issues relating to slavery, racial and gender discrimination, homosexuality and family. At times the book suffers from heavy-handed literary stratagems, yet is overshadowed by Jaeckel ‘s skill at storytelling. Keep an eye out for future work by this talented new author.
  • Janice
    I won this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program.This is a well written novel that follows the generations of a family from the island of Martinique, to Canada and New York. The story begins with a mother and her young children, all slaves on a sugar cane plantation in Martinique. The young daughter learns to be a healer, and her story dominates the earliest part of the novel, as she grows and gains friends and enemies on the plantati...
  • Kylene
    House of Rougeaux starts on a plantation on the island of Martinique, telling the story of Abeje and her brother Adunbi. It follows Adunbi's descendants as they move to Canada and the United States. Many of the female descendants have talents in music or healing. The story is not linear, and reads somewhat like a collection of interconnected short stories. I felt the non-linear structure really worked for this book, although I did need to refer t...
  • Sonali Dabade
    [Honest rating: 4.5/5 stars]Got a copy of this book from NetGalley.There's always a reason why I pick a book, with very few exceptions. The reason for my picking this book goes against the saying, "Never judge a book by its cover." [Of course, the occasional turnarounds are obviously there.] But I liked what I saw on the cover and the blurb. So I requested a copy, not really thinking I'd actually be able to read it.But now, I'm thankful I read it...
  • Susan
    The House of Rougeaux follows the descendants of two children who are left motherless on a sugar plantation on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1785 up until the mid-1960's. I loved the first section of this book which follows Abeje, who eventually becomes a healer and her brother Adunbi. I immediately felt something for these two characters. The hardships and unfortunate circumstances of there lives pulled at my heart. The author had a wond...
  • Sarah Wagner
    *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*I was originally attracted to this book because I understood it to be set on a Caribbean island (what better setting?!?!), so I was disappointed when the family this book follows moved to Canada about a quarter of the way through the book. Maybe because of this, I found the middle portion of the book the hardest to get through, but by the end I was enjoying the story again and impressed ...
  • Emily Onufer
    I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads giveaways program. This novel is an excellent tale of a complex family through the generations. It is expertly written and rich in small details that connect the individual stories over time. The only drawback was the chronology - as the story switched characters, I found myself frequently referring to the family tree in the beginning of the book to remind myself of how the characters ...
  • Jenee Rager
    House of Rougeaux is really a collection of stories, rather than a novel. The stories alternate back and forth between members of the Rougeaux family from the early 19th century to the 20th century. The writing is clear, and almost dream like, but something never quite clicked with me. The author's choice to skip around from generation to generation and back again, versus staying in chronological order did not add to the storyline, and in fact ma...
  • Monise
    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.When I first started reading it, I realized it was one of those books that required my full attention. The backstory of the characters and how they were related was a bit complicated, so I made sure to start over. The storyline improved as it progressed; it reminded me of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, in that everyone had their own story (chapter) so each character was well-developed.Getting to read a s...
  • Catherine Strauch
    I loved the majority of this book. I love multi-generational books, and especially when each of the new characters are individual while still connecting to the overall family themes as this was. However, there were small parts that felt awkward and clumsy in comparison to the rest of the book, and there were a couple of inconsistencies in spellings of names, and some nicknames that made me think one person was two. But, as this was an uncorrected...
  • Kim McGee
    A Caribbean slave epic that began on the island of Martinique with two siblings. Each tries to find their calling and survive after being orphaned. The story spans many lifetimes to Canada and New York , each generation meeting new challenges and freedoms. The language is the easy going singsong of the islands and the author sets the tone of the story well making us wish for more of the stories behind each of the characters. My thanks to the publ...
  • Jessica
    House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is a book about a multi-generational family saga. I loved how all the different characters had such interesting stories relating to slavery, race, homosexuality, and many other things. I thought this book was very well written and kept me wanting more. I would definitely recommend it to friends!
  • Kathleen
    It was difficult to read this sweeping history of a family in slavery and freedom without comparing it to Yan Gyasi's HOMEGOING published in 2016. Although House of Rougeaux did not hold the same mesmerizing power as Homegoing, it is a very good, engaging novel. There are a few thin chapters in the middle, but the book weaves a rich narrative and makes a satisfying circle in the end.
  • Deb
    I won this book on a goodreads giveaway. This is an extremely well written family history/ saga that takes you from slave quarters in Martinique, through Canada and the US. It explores race, sexuality, gender and relationships throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Tracie
    A beautifully written book that tells the story of several generations beginning in 19th century slavery in the Carribean. Each family experiences joy and tragedy but the families are always strong and draw strength from their ancestors. The author was able to convey the story of transition from slavery to freedom in a way that made sense. Would love to pass this on to my friends.
  • Rachel Parrott
    This beautiful written work invokes each place and time vividly as well as the dynamic characters in the "House of Rougeaux."My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
  • Brenda Schneider
    An engaging and well written story. Really liked the book. I won this book through goodreads.