Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral... show more
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World as it tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War. A stunning debut novel, Wench marks author Perkins-Valdez—previously a finalist for the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize—as a writer destined for greatness.
Publish date: January 5th 2010
Pages no: 294
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, African American
Tried to read this. A little hard to read due to the content. It was very, very dark. It was written well but I just couldn't read it.
I think this was quite good and an interesting historical perspective of a resort that slaveowners took their "wenches" to.
A definitely disturbing and shocking read and yet it felt like the story was lacking any real depth. I believe there could have been so much more explored here, for instance Fran and Lizzie's relationship. The two women lived together for years and shared the same man and yet not much about Fran is ...
Dolen Perkins-Valdez debut novel Wench takes a different route then most narratives surrounding slavery. While it is like the traditional slave tale, Wench does deal with the harden facts of slavery, beatings, escape, oppression, fear, uncertain. But Perkins-Valdez takes Wench a step further and d...
I would not suggest this book for anyone under the age of 18. Some things are a bit graphic. It starts off really slow, gets really good, then has a few more slow moments but its worth reading.
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