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Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Informative
A Powerful Book - A Must Read

My book club read this book for our March meeting. I could not wait to read this book. Wench is a powerful story of the daily emotional conflict that four women slaves and their owners. Lizzie, Mawu, Sweet and Reenie share two summers together at Tawawa House - a summer resort in Ohio. Although the book is about these four women and their relationships with their masters, the main focus of the book is Lizzie. Towards the middle of the book, we learn about Lizzie's complicated history with Drayle. It gives insight into why she betrayed Mawu.

The author focused on Lizzie. I'm glad that the author did not portray black women as sexual vixens. Wench gives insight into the ugly history of slavery and the relationship between the white masters and black female slaves. I was impressed with the author's ability to combine soe factual historic information with fiction. Very well done.

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