"Imagination Will Save You" (Chapter 5 of "Pirating Slavery")
"Not knowing who I am is like being locked behind a closed door. My adoptive parents understood my obsession to open the door and get to the other side. They encouraged my acting. Instinctively, they knew that it helped me to pretend to be different people." (Print of the Globe Theatre in London from a print by Hollar-Wenceslaus, 1647, @Vcitoria and Albert Museum, London)
Pirating Slavery, my novel about buccaneers liberating slave ships, will be published in 16 installments twice a week for four months. The fifth chapter appears here:
Books, published as installments, make the story more manageable while heightening the experience of reading. The book becomes a companion and a commentary on your day-to-day life as you read it over the course of a few months.
Between chapters, readers have the time to share , talk and speculate about the book.
Book serials first appeared in 1836, when a French newspaper published Honore de Balzac. At the same time, in England, Charles Dickens published The Pickwick Papers and ignited a trend. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1851 in 40 installments. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was published in Russia from 1873 to 1877.