Running Out of Night

Running Out of Night - Sharon Lovejoy

The year is 1858 and as Girl was born, her mother left the world. She lived with her Pa and her brothers who choose to treat her harshly and relentless and when a Negra girl shows up in her yard, she realized that although she thought their two worlds were different, they were rather the same. With a bounty on her head, Zenobia is taken in by the compassionate Girl, who knows the consequences of her actions should her family find out. Speaking to her mother whose spirit she feels occupies the room, she asks for guidance and together, the two girls set off for freedom. One girl knowing what waits outside the door, the other knowing what freedom she is leaving behind and both of them knowing that they are prisoners to the people around them.   As they head to Waterford, they are not alone for long, as they meet others on the Underground Railroad. It’s a new world for Girl and Zenobia has a companion to keep her company. The hidden dangers for these two young girls are the slave hunters who live for the bounty posters, the dollars filling their pockets. Each girl is searching for their freedom and their posters represent just how much they are worth to society. As their journey pushes forward, I enjoyed how the story made me realized the emotional turmoil the girls were facing, their own lives were at stake plus the bonds they had made with others. The poster for Girl, although she is not a slave, there is this desire to bring her in but why and what will become of her? This shift from the need to pursue Zenobia to now finding Girl, these girls both have bounties on their heads and it put an edge on the search. Can they possibility stay together or will they make it to the Promise Land?