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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Two Rivers: De Trouble I Be See by Bob Rogers is a historical fiction novel set during the Antebellum period on a sweeping rice-producing agricultural slaveholding plantation owned by the Tiffany family in South Carolina. Rogers offers multiple point of view characters with a focus primarily on an elderly Black slave named Posey and the white plantation manager named James. The novel is sectioned into three parts: Rice, Rebellion, and Resolution. The day-to-day life and the history of slaves laboring on the plantation are detailed, Posey's backstory and significance on the success of the plantation are revealed, and marital partnerships are formed out of care on the part of the slaves and advantage on the part of James. Acquisitions of land and the churning of profit are a direct result of the exploitation of the Tiffany plantation slaves and other less visible but overtly underhanded schemes. Throughout there is a slow simmer that Rogers builds up into a rolling boil when the pot spills over into rebellion.
Two Rivers requires some time to unpack after reading it and, if I'm being completely honest, some significant breaks in between. The plot is heavy and there are moments of brutality that are absolutely shocking, and the emotions they elicit are palpable. One of the standout scenes to me is when Posey has to deliver horrific news of a slave murder and the body's further defilement, and the young woman who has been subjected to horrors that Bob Rogers mercifully leaves to the reader's imagination. It's impossible not to collapse in grief with her. The catalyst of this event and the secrets revealed are perfectly paced. Rogers does not show his hand all at once and instead tells the story with the restraint of a gifted writer. As with all slaveholding plantations, the wealth accumulated comes at the ultimate price for the men, women, and children who are cruelly forced into curating it. All are intrinsically linked. Rogers says it best in the words of his own character: “It took many decades of blood, sickness, and death to create what you see here.” Very highly recommended.