Redwood comes from a long line of female conjurors. When her mother is lynched by a mob, Aidan, a half-Seminole, half-Irish man, finds the body and treats it with reverence. Aidan and Redwood form a lifelong bond that eventually leads to them fleeing Georgia for Chicago after Redwood kills a man who sexually assaults her. Aidan and Redwood explore vaudeville and the burgeoning film industry as they travel. The culture-changing and healing power of music and theater become equally important themes as race and gender politics in Andrea Hairston’s turn of the century, James Tiptree, Jr.-awarding winning fantasy, Redwood and Wildfire.
Hoodoo Meets Vaudeville in 19th Century Chicago
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