In 2002, a novel thought to be the first written by an African-American woman became a best seller, praised for its dramatic depiction of Southern life in the mid-1850s through the observant eyes of a refined and literate house servant.
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Gregg Hecimovich and Reverend Joseph Cooper
John Wheeler lived on the plantation where Hannah Bond escaped slavery.
But one part of the story remained a tantalizing secret: the author’s identity.