Clark’s latest novel details the life of a woman kidnapped in France and brought to America as an indentured servant, a young woman who takes on the brutal merchant king of New York’s East River waterfront—and wins.
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While there is a tremendous amount of information available regarding slavery in the Southern United States, slavery in the Northeastern U.S. is seldom discussed. Nevertheless slavery and indentured servitude were prevalent in the Northeast, especially in New York City. CNN has featured the subject on CNNInteractive, and a recent article on the Untapped Cities website neatly summarized the history of three of the largest slave burial grounds discovered in New York City. However little has been known about the day to day lives of slaves and indentured servants who lived in the Northeastern U.S. during that time period. Until now.
Author Wayne Clark has announced the release of his latest historical novel, ‘That Woman’.
Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On a rainy night while their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family, his children are kidnapped and forced onto a ship bound for New York City where they’ll be separated and sold to the highest bidder as indentured labor.
Purchased by a grotesque merchant whose wealth, backed by a team of henchmen, allows him to dominate the chaotic East River docks, Sarah strikes back the only way she can. Vowing to never allow him to put his hands on her again, she presses a knife to his fat neck. She demands her freedom, a roof over her head and the means to start a business. Her leverage? Knowledge obtained on the voyage that would bring the big man to his knees forever. He yields to her demands but privately swears to become her worst nightmare.
“The main idea in writing the book,” Clark stated, “was to tell a tale of a young woman’s survival against all odds in the raw man’s world of New York City’s East River waterfront. As I researched the history of the city in the Colonial era it soon became apparent that racism and slavery were an inseparable part of the city’s history. Slaves were bought and sold daily at the foot of Wall Street.
“On top of that, the immigrants who populated the city, and who were the ones to eventually build the country, were often little more than slaves themselves when tethered to multi-year contracts of indentureship. I married the two situations in the deep friendship between Sarah, the protagonist, and Noah, a free black who came to her aid.”
Wayne Clark is also the author of ‘he & She’. ‘he & She’ was named as one of the best self-published books for 2015 by IndieReader. ‘he & She’ is an in-depth, fictional exploration of the subject of male midlife crisis.’he & She’ took a 5-Star Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Awards. In addition, Clark was chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards for general fiction, and was named a winner in both the 2015 and 2016 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Awards.
‘That Woman’ has received high praise from reviewers and readers alike. Kirkus Reviews called it a “… meticulously crafted … engrossing story”. Reviewer Grady Harp said Clark, “invites us into dark places but keep the focus on the frailty and durability of our humanity. There is much to be learned here and in the quality of fine prose and drama Wayne Clark offers another solid novel.”
Wayne Clark is currently featured on The Authors Show and is available for media interviews. He can be reached using the information below or by email at mtl1642videotron.ca. Both novels are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions and in all other digital versions at all major online retailers. More information is available at his website.
About Wayne Clark:
Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Holland and Mexico.
By far the biggest slice in a pie chart of his career would be labeled journalism, including newspapers and magazines, as a reporter, editor and freelance writer. The other, smaller slices of the pie would also represent words in one form or another, in advertising as a copywriter and as a freelance translator. However, unquantifiable in a pie chart would be the slivers and shreds of time stolen over the years to write fiction.
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May 28, 2017 on Readers’ Favorite.com | 5 stars
“Listen,” Gabriel Da Silva told his two children, Sarah and Jacob, “listen well because I am preparing you for life.” These arresting words open That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark, a historical novel that deals with kidnapping and a woman’s incredible courage. At a time their mother dies of illness, seventeen-year-old Sarah’s father is facing bankruptcy. The day that the merchant tries the final bid to save his family, Sarah and her brother, Jacob, are kidnapped and sold. The two kids are boarded onto a ship bound for New York where they will be sold to separate masters. Read on to discover how Sarah uses her intelligence, secrets learned while on the ship, and her will to be free to outwit the vilest and most cunning merchant in New York.
Wayne Clark could be the new Jeffrey Archer, another master of the plot. His That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York is a story that held me in ways I never could have imagined when I started reading. The characters are very compelling, each with a solid background and each born from a powerful conflict. The duel between Sarah and her new lord raises the stakes of the conflict in this novel and the reader becomes very keen to watch how it ends. Here is a story that dramatically captures the spirit of colonialism and slavery, with a masterful handling of the theme of freedom. Readers are taken on a roller coaster ride to colonial New York to witness a drama that will take their breath away. It’s utterly mesmerizing and tantalizing.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Verdict: THAT WOMAN, Wayne Clark’s tale of forced servitude and revenge in pre-Revolutionary War New York hums with injustice, and the reader thirsts for the violated character, in every sense of the word, getting even. Along the way, Clark makes New York City, already a money-drenched melting pot, as much a character as any of the participants.
Launching tomorrow on Kindle — That Woman, a great read for lovers of historical fiction or anyone who enjoys a strong female protagonist
It’s the story of a young woman who takes on the brutal king of New York’s waterfront—and wins.
The tale is primarily set in colonial New York City in the years 1748-55 but also takes the reader to New France, France and Saint-Domingue, present-day Haiti.
June 10, 2016 by Simón Gómez on Amazon | 5.0 out of 5 stars
At first glance, specially because of it’s cover, “he & she” might seem like just another 50 shades of gray copycat trying to milk the cow of success it had, but once you get on to read it, it makes you swallow that first impression whole. Wayne Clark did an amazing job with his book, it’s deep and really engaging, and it touches subjects that not a lot of authors dare to touch.
He & she is an exploration of human relationships, how even the most lonely people have the urge to make connections even if it is in an unconventional or even socially frowned-upon way. It is sexual, yes, but not vulgar, it subtly seduces the reader entangling them in a world of unexplored pleasure beyond what one expects.
I was greatly surprised by this novel, could hardly put it down. Recommended for everyone who wants to challenge themselves to read something really new.
May 31, 2016 by Ivana S. on Amazon | 3.0 out of 5 stars
The plot was original: Kit Cayman is a composer who sort of wanders through life with alcohol, misplaced modifiers of relationships and constant feelings of inadequacy. He has always depended on onanism, magazine photos, and booze to satisfy what he believes to be his appetite. But that worked right for a while, even to the point of having a girl in his life, until middle age he needs something different.
This book can be considered progressive in how it subtly addresses gender identity. I know that these days, it shouldn’t be a big deal, yet it still is.
The author manages to tell a story filled with depth and sadness and yet it’s light and funny and sweet. The story never overwhelmed me with sadness even though there was sadness within it. A quick paced story with a bit of a mystery will have readers turning pages quickly and finding a story of loneliness. You should definitely check it out!
May 30, 2016 by Sdan12 on Amazon | 5.0 out of 5 stars
This was the first time read for me by this writer and, I have to admit, this is a very well written book and I like very much the author’s style.
Wayne Clark is a canadian author but he is also a translator, editor, journalist and copywriter.
“He and she” is a realistic book, deeply engaging. The main character of the novel is a middle aged man named Kit Cayman, a freelance translator, with his sexual relationship with a young and attractive woman. He founds her surfing the internet and she is an egyptian princess and a self proclaimed dominatrix. Kit is bored with his life and his career and he is looking for something exciting because of his declining sexuality and a list of failed relationships from the past.
The two characters are very different, she is a strong woman and Kit is a weak character (as the author describes deeply his personality, his internal struggle).
The whole book is something outside ordinary, easy to read, sexy and intense at the same time because it explores sexuality and Kit’s deep thoughts.
This book is a must read, it is fascinating and it will make you think! I definitely recommend it!