Outskirts Press Announces the Release of New Fiction: Yaa's Children by Ozella Raymond


Texas sharecropper’s daughter pens new novel about slavery on a Texas plantation and its effects on the members of one African-American family.

Outskirts Press Announces the Release of New Fiction: Yaa's Children by Ozella Raymond

October 29, 2017 – Denver, CO and Houston, TX – Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing, full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce the release of Yaa's Children by Ozella Raymond. The sweeping saga focuses on the effects of slavery within one African-American family.

Synopsis: Yaa awoke on her fourteenth birthday to a day filled with joy and promise—surrounded by family, the close-knit people of her village, and the man she was to marry. But when she and her mother and sister left to fetch water, she never imagined that she would not see any of them again.

The appearance of slave catchers suddenly and violently changed Yaa’s life, as she and her sister were taken and later separated. When Yaa saw her sister for the last time, it was to watch while she was driven away by the man who bought her.

From Georgia to Texas, the members of Yaa’s family are separated, and many are brought together again at The Forge, a plantation in Texas. Like any group of people, they each have their own way of coping with the demands of slavery. Thusa becomes withdrawn, Phebe is driven mad, and Sally questions her own worth. They and other characters respond to slavery’s exigencies in ways that range from quiet coping to erupting violence.

“It seems to me that slavery, like most of life’s experiences, would have taken more from some than it did others,” says Raymond, “although it’s difficult to say how much it took from anyone, no matter how different their responses to it.” She adds, “I witnessed, along with my parents and siblings, the aftermath of slavery: its demeaning treatment of African Americans.”

Yaa’s journey is one of loss and separation, trials and endurance—and the stories of those whose very existence sprang from her. 

For more information, visit the author’s website at outskirtspress.com/bookstore/OzellaRaymond.

At 276 pages, Yaa's Children is available online through Outskirts Press. It is also sold through Amazon and Barnes and Noble for a maximum trade discount in quantities of 10 or more, and is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the fiction category.

ISBN: 978-1-4787-8978-9                     Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback                           Retail: $20.95

Genre: FICTION / African American / Historical

About the Author: Ozella Raymond was born the tenth child of East Texas sharecroppers. She later grew up in Houston, Texas, and followed her interest in the human response to slavery with extensive reading on the subject and by attaining a degree in African American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Yaa’s Children is her debut novel.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

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