You could say me and E.L. grew up together - even though she was born one hundred and fifty years before I was. You probably think I'm crazy, reading that. Most people do. My mom and my dad did and so did the series of shrinks they sent me to. When you read my story - our story, mine and E.L.'s - maybe you'll agree with them. Maybe you'll think that E.L. is some kind of delusion, that she never existed at all. But we can't control that. The only thing we can do is tell you everything that happened to us. And then let you decide for yourself. Cassie and E.L. were born hundreds of miles and 150 years apart. For Cassie, home is a Brooklyn Heights' brownstone that feels pretty empty since her grandfather died and her Dad left. E.L. lives on a South Carolina cotton plantation, where she shares a one roomed wooden cabin with eight other slaves. Told through a narrative as fractured as memory itself, I'm Right Here is the story of two girls' journeys that are inextricably linked across distance and across time. It's a story about identity and loss and about finding out who we really are. But most of all it's a story about friendship and what it means to be free.
Cassie and E.L. are two girls living in different worlds. Cassie is a modern day Irish-American, mourning her beloved grandfather and bereft after her parents’ bitter separation. E.L. is a black slave, living on a cotton plantation 150 years before Cassie was even born. But somehow, magically, there is a link between the girls that allows them to talk to each other. Though they don’t understand how or why this happens, the two become firm friends and soon, Cassie is prepared to sacrifice everything to set E.L. free. While each one’s tale in itself is wonderful, the unusual link will have you questioning everything - even the truth of their story. You’ll find yourself compulsively turning the pages as the girls’ lives head towards disaster. This is storytelling at its finest. Marvellous.
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