Embers on the Wind

Fiction - Literary
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/20/2022
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Author Biography

Lisa Williamson Rosenberg is an author and psychotherapist specializing in developmental trauma and racial identity. She is also a former ballet dancer with the Pacific Northwest and Pennsylvania Ballet companies. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Lisa’s short fiction has appeared in Literary Mama and The Piltdown Review; essays in Lithub, Longreads, Narrative.ly, The Common, Grok Nation, Oldster, and Mamalode. Lisa’s debut novel, EMBERS ON THE WIND, about an Underground Railroad safehouse turned 21st Century Airbnb, was released on August 1, 2022 by Little A Books. A born-and-raised New Yorker, Lisa now lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and dog. Lisa is the mother of two college kids.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg is a captivating literary fiction novel that unravels at the historic Whittaker House, which was run as part of the Underground Railroad by a family of abolitionists of the same name in 1850. Here, freedom seekers Clementine and Annie hid and perished, but their spirits remain in the house. It’s now a vacation rental in the Berkshires that attracts black women connected by history and motherhood. Spanning centuries, Embers on the wind is a story of slavery's legacy, motherhood and the entangled lives of African American families. Each woman has her own story to tell as they seek genuine freedom, which can only be attained by recognizing their bond to history and to the life forces lingering within the walls of Whittaker House.

Lisa Williamson Rosenberg’s Embers on the Wind is a thought-provoking novel that weaves together interesting characters connected by a collective trauma of their history and motherhood. It is a story of love, hope, courage, fear, and anguish as they try to make sense of the present and the past. This is also a ghost story without the usual malevolence, terror, or the glare of evil faces. Instead, the focus of this narrative is to remind readers that there are horrors in our history that we cannot escape. And there are also acts of compassion and courage that are just as significant. Slavery in America is one of the darkest moments in its history and this book reminds us that it should not be forgotten. I highly recommend this book.