Linda Beatrice Brown, author of Black Angels, gave a book reading at Wilson Community College on Thursday, October 7, 2010. In addition to Black Angels, Brown has written three other novels. She also writes poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. She has been a professor of African-American literature for years and currently holds the Willa B. Player Chair in Humanities at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Black Angels is a coming-of-age novel about three children during the last days of the Civil War who flee their homes after experiencing different horrors and find themselves lost in the woods. Luke, an 11-year-old slave runs away to meet up with other runaway slaves who are planning to escape to the North and fight for the Union. He discovers 9-year-old Daylily, lost and alone in the woods, and immediately feels protective of her. He finds another child, Caswell, a 7-year-old white boy, who has fled his burning home in search of his mother. Fearful of being alone, the trio decides to head North to safety. Through their struggles in the woods, hiding from soldiers, starving and scrounging for food, and fighting off the cold and illnesses, they come to rely on each other, forming a bond of friendship that runs deeper than blood.