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Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
Yellow Crocus
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Moments after her birth to the mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse. From then on, Mattie serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother, nursing her, singing her to sleep, and soothing her in the night. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears... show more
Moments after her birth to the mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse. From then on, Mattie serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother, nursing her, singing her to sleep, and soothing her in the night. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears Mattie away from her own baby, Samuel, who lives in the slave quarters. Growing up under Mattie's tender care, Lisbeth adopts her traditions of prayer, singing, eating black-eyed peas, and hunting for yellow crocuses in the spring. As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn back into the white world, earning a growing awareness of the inequality of her and Mattie's stations. She struggles to reconcile her love for Mattie with her parents' expectations for her future, intent on keeping the best of both worlds-until a terrible betrayal forces her to choose once and for all. Yellow Crocus is a compelling novel of love, loss, and redemption set during one of the most sinister chapters of American history.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780984502202 (0984502203)
Publisher: Flaming Chalice Press
Pages no: 238
Edition language: English
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Nothing better than a good book... rated it
5.0 Yellow Crocus
Another beautiful book. I rarely cry at books. I rarely read two 5 – star books back to back. Yet both theses rarities have happened in the past 48 hours. This book made me smile. It made me cry. At one point I was on pins and needles, I was so shocked by something I said, “Noooo!” out loud. My po...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 In the name of everything holy, how can man claim to be G-d fearing and then perform the heinous acts we witness all too often?
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...
TsalagiWriter
TsalagiWriter rated it
5.0 Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
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...
Tammie's Reading Reviews
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5.0 Yellow Crocus
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...
Vailia's Page Turner
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4.0 Yellow Crocus
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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