Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though... show more
Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.Revised edition: This edition of Yellow Crocus includes editorial revisions.
Publish date: 2014-08-19
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
by Laila Ibrahim This book took me away from all my other reads and now the sequel is doing the same. The setting is pre-civil war Virginia, a large tobacco plantation with, you guessed it, slaves. The main character is Mattie, a slave woman who is forced to hand her son over to family in 'the qua...
This is really a heartbreaking, tender tale about a field-hand slave who was forced to tear her own infant son from her breast, handing him over to a wet nurse so she could be a wet nurse to the master’s child, a job considered somewhat of a “promotion” since she was brought inside the house to work...
After Lisbeth is born, she is handed over to Mattie, who is her wet nurse and a slave. Mattie, who only just became a mother three months ago, must leave her son in the care of family while she cares for Lisbeth. Mattie misses her son, but begins to care deeply for Lisbeth. And Lisbeth feels the sam...
I was not expecting to like Yellow Crocus as much as I did. I loved Mattie and Lisbeth. I thought the book did a good job of portraying the time period, the emotions of the characters, and the truths about slavery without going into graphic detail of the horrors. There were a few places where I wish...
This was a wonderfully written book! This book follows two characters, Mattie and Lisbeth, and is set in the mid-1800's in Virginia. Mattie is a slave woman for Lisbeth's family and is called in to be a wet nurse to young Elizabeth (Lisbeth). Forced to leave her own son just a few months old, Mat...
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