Redwood and Wildfire

Redwood and Wildfire

At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. This ?dreaming in public? becomes common culture and part of what transforms immigrants and ?native? born into Americans. Redwood, an African American woman, and Aidan, a Seminole Ir At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville which slides into moving pictures. Hunk...

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Title:Redwood and Wildfire
Author:Andrea Hairston
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:19335005
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Redwood and Wildfire Reviews

  • heidi
    Mar 09, 2012
    I keep trying to type up this review and then stalling in the middle and rebooting my browser and losing it. I think it is a sign that I should not try to say so much about the book. This is a sprawling novel following two characters from rural Georgia, across time and distance to t...
  • Anne Gray
    Jan 03, 2019
    This was an amazing book and I think every adult American should read it. Warning: Adult themes, including sex, rape, and lynching. ...
  • Anie
    May 31, 2016
    This book hooks you in right from the beginning. It's a powerful story, one about redemption, community, and moving through our own brokenness and troubles. Redwood and Aidan are an exemplary pair of characters: flawed (deeply at times), but always working to be better, and always hold...
  • Craig
    Apr 12, 2012
    Currently reading.... Imagine if Zora Neale Hurston wrote a fantasy novel.... ...
  • Joell Smith-Borne
    May 23, 2012
    Really liking this book. Excited that I will have read this year's Tiptree winner BEFORE Wiscon for a change! ...
  • Katie
    Jan 14, 2017
    This terrific book is, in this order: 1) Historical fiction with non-white POV (and oh, what a nice change that is) 2) urban fantasy 3) a love story (but probably not a romance). It's much less about vaudeville & movies than I would have guessed from its blurb, and all about thes...
  • Margaret
    May 27, 2017
    A magical journey through history. Loved the stories within the story, the songs, the performances, the films??all part of a glittering, spinning spectacle. Though this is NOT an easy book to read??there are horrifying scenes of cruelty and violence (cause that's the true histo...
  • Pandemonium
    Feb 11, 2012
    This book is brilliant. This book is thrilling and moving and full of new ideas and wisdom. This book, named by lit. critic, Tansy Rayner Roberts, "one of the best fantasy novels of 2011," is totally unique. There is NOTHING like it out there. Filled with fascinating characters,...
  • christine.
    Oct 12, 2015
    I have such mixed feelings about this one, and honestly, it's probably a 2.5. I'll revisit and see if I want to bump it up in any way in the future. Redwood and Wildfire is a pretty meandering book. The plot takes a while to get started and unfold, and the book and points seems exc...
  • Miz Lizzie
    Mar 13, 2012
    The 2012 Tiptree Award winner deals with gender-issues subtly and race-relations a little more directly, but at its heart is a story of two people creating the magic necessary to make their dreams come true. In the early years of the twentieth century, Redwood Phipps is an African Amer...
  • Sumayyah
    Feb 05, 2015
    Redwood Phipps is a hoodoo, daughter of one of the most powerful conjure women Peach Grove has even seen. After Garnett is lynched - for the crime of killing the white man that raped her - Redwood's power grows. Aiden Wildfire, known around town as Crazy Coop, has conjure magic of his ...
  • Edith Hope
    Jul 29, 2014
    Such a rich and magnificent world. I don't know how Hairston made me feel that the early 1900s are familiar, but she did. Her style and characters reminded me of Zora Neale Hurtson, but the magic here might fit more into a book by Isabel Allende. Perhaps one of the best things to be sa...
  • K. Lincoln
    Sep 15, 2012
    I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first cracked open Redwood and Wildfire. I was ill prepared for this densely woven, free-spirited kind of writing mixing a horrific lynching, a girl who can catch a hurricane in her hand, stories from an irish/seminole drunkard's life...
  • Sistermagpie
    Sep 08, 2016
    This is a book that really dives headfirst into history and place. We're introduced to Redwood as a girl the night her mother is lynched, and follow her as she grows up, flees Georgia for Chicago after an attack and finds success first on the minstrel stage and then silent movies. Ther...
  • Melinda
    Nov 09, 2013
    This is the story of Redwood and Aidan (Wildfire) and it begins with an event that traumatizes them both for different reasons. They are different in a world that wants them not to be and through the years they gravitate towards each other for comfort and companionship. But this event ...
  • Lashawn
    May 07, 2012
    I've been listening to the Carolina Chocolate Drops for the past few months now. I've always been a fan of bluegrass, but when I learned that blacks also did old timey music, that it was the precursor to the blues, it was like discovering a history I never knew of myself. Reading Redwo...
  • Doug
    Jul 14, 2013
    I finished Hairston's harrowing and beautiful Redwood and Wildfire about a week ago, and I've been struggling to write about it in a way that does it justice. But it's today that I learned about the acquittal of one George Zimmerman in the murder trial of one Trayvon Martin, and that -...
  • Mely
    Apr 07, 2013
    Last year's Tiptree Award winner. Romance between a black woman and a biracial (white/Seminole) man which starts off in rural Georgia early in the twentieth century and ends up in Chicago. Lots of good stuff about race, class, sexuality; different approaches to building black success/m...
  • Jo
    Feb 04, 2012
    I really enjoyed this book. I felt like it did a lot of things right. I loved the celebration of black and American Native cultures. I loved the fantasy elements that decorated it throughout. And I did really enjoy the characters who got to shine. When I think about it, it has some ...
  • Z
    Dec 30, 2013
    Crossing time, historical memory, and structures of race, gender, and society with seven-league boots, Hairston's remarkable novel is a thought-provoking pleasure for both Hairston admirers and those new to her work. Redwood, the smart, empathetic protagonist and Hairston's elegant pro...
  • Lisa
    Sep 06, 2013
    While I may have a slight bias as Andrea Hairston was a former professor of mine, I still found this book a beautiful, rich, evocative and powerful story. The book merges together everything I?ve loved?theatre, women?s stories, historical research, social issues, culture and race...
  • Nathaniel
    May 21, 2015
    long but very worth it. slows down in the middle, but picks up again. ...
  • Lisa
    Oct 11, 2015
    I'm not done living these people. I would dearly love a sequel. ...
  • Rivera Sun
    Mar 13, 2013
    If you love the fantastic: hoodoo, haints, spells, theater, backflips, blues singing, magic, circus; this book is for you. It's a wild read. Every page thrusts you into a new sweep of the adventure. (Warning, it can get dizzying at times.) The characters are strong, rich personalities ...
  • Kazza
    Aug 30, 2017
    Great story, but a little hard to follow at times because there is so much going on in every scene. ...
  • Amber
    Jul 16, 2018
    3.5 This book was beautifully written with settings and characters that came to life on the page. The plot was often slow moving, but this unconventional fantasy was well worth the read. ...
  • Susie Munro
    Apr 07, 2015
    Sprawling, at times horrific and completely captivating novel brimful of magic, Redwood and Wildfire is the story of two people struggling to live their truth in a world brimming violent and subtle oppression. Hugely relatable despite being almost entirely outside my (white, Australian...
  • Samantha (AK)
    Mar 16, 2017
    Initial thoughts: Redwood and Wildfire is different than Hairston's first novel, Mindscape, but still manages to retain some of what intrigued me in that book. It's more grounded than her debut, but still draws from fantastic elements. One could almost imagine that Redwood and others ...
  • ONYX Pages
    Aug 30, 2017
    Redwood and Aiden Wildfire are forced to leave their lives in Peach Grove, Georgia because of mounting racial tensions and the aftermath of sexual violence. In doing so, both have to conquer what haunts them and find their own path to healing before they can fully accept their love for...
  • Brittany (Lady Red)
    Jul 06, 2018
    There?s a poetry of anger to this book, in all its forms. But the anger, like a spell never spills over into screaming. It stays poetry. It?s beautiful. ...