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Wench
Wench: A Novel | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
wench \'wench\ n. from Middle English wenchel, 1 a: a girl, maid, young woman; a female child. Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House is an idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their enslaved black mistresses. Its their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at the resort, building strong friendships over the years. But when Mawu, as fearless as she is assured, comes along and starts talking of running away, things change. To run is to leave everything behind, and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances all while they bear witness to the end of an era. An engaging, page-turning, and wholly original novel, Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery.
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hollylynnbee
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One of the most important books I have read. It was sad, empowering, and happy. I didn't expect the ending but it was great. Please go find this book and read it!

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hollylynnbee
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"One of them was hoping to give up what the other cherished and the third longed for." ❤️

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Reggie
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It is the 1850‘s and 4 slave owners take their slave mistresses to a resort in the free state of Ohio. We meet Lizzie, Reenie, Sweet, and Mawu, as they form a friendship across 4 summers and what ideas being so close to “being free” gives them. I loved this book. It broke my heart, made me angry. It‘s about how the wants of your heart can make you blind to the realities in front of you. I was horrified at what better looks like when your life👇🏼

Reggie is shit. I recommend this book. A sad pick. (edited) 10mo
GatheringBooks this sounds heartbreaking 💔 10mo
hhavel Many thanks for recommending this book. It will most likely go on my 'to-read' list on another site. Can you guess what site that is? I'm not sure what flak I'll get for mentioning it here. Thanks again! 10mo
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Reggie @GatheringBooks it was. 10mo
Reggie @hhavel we‘re pretty loving of all things books here so I‘m guessing GR. If you read this book I hope you like it. 10mo
minkyb I would love to go book shopping with you. Just sayin‘. 10mo
Reggie @minkyb If I‘m ever in the Northeast I‘m gonna look you up and we‘ll go bookstore hopping. 9mo
minkyb And vice versa if I get to your part of the US! 9mo
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tcheer4life
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Hold list Bookpage March 2018

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sprainedbrain
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#PiratesLife #WhatAWayToLive #wenches

I thought about poor Kyra from the Song of Ice and Fire series first, but then I realized I have this perfectly-named choice in my tbr. Snatched up in my quest to read all things historical fiction, and still sitting there. 😳

CrowCAH Perfect book, couldn't get any closer myself! 😊 Hopefully, you'll get the chance to read it soon. 3y
Sharpeipup Given the title, I was surprised by the cover. 3y
sprainedbrain @Sharpeipup and the subject! It's not about what you think it should be about. 3y
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MeganAnn This sounds really interesting! Stacked 😊 3y
RealBooks4ever Hmmm... 🤔 3y
Bookpearl I loved Wench! I still have to wrap my mind around a few scenes. 3y
Zelma @Bookpearl agreed! It's a really good book but a tough read at times. 3y
Sace This was a great book. 3y
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Sace
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Such a heartbreaking read, but it did feel like it ended on a hopeful note.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is on my to-read list! It looked very interesting... 3y
GypsyKat Just added it to my TBR list. I agree with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It does look very interesting! 👍🏼 3y
Sace @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hope you like it. I'm so glad @LazyLimaLife posted about it. I had not even heard of it before. I must live under a rock. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Sace Nope, I saw it on a list that came out on the web.... maybe Book Riot? 3y
Sace @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had not heard of it at all until I joined Litsy about a month ago. 3y
LazyLimaLife @Sace - it showed up at random on OverDrive a long while ago. Then it showed up in my recommendations on Amazon. Then it was a possible book club selection. It was book fate. 3y
Sace @LazyLimaLife "book fate" I believe in book fate! 3y
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Sace
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Back from the grocery store and getting ready to par-tay. #litsypartyofone

pocketmermaid Wahoo! 3y
booksandsympathy I had to laugh at the sentence your book titles made. 3y
Sace @booksandsympathy 😂😂😂😂 LMAO I didn't even notice that! 3y
geodynamical That's an Alaskan Malamute if I'm not mistaken. Or a red-nosed husky. Either way, it's a cute dog. 3y
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LazyLimaLife
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Accidentally finished this book tonight instead of tomorrow like I planned. It's heartbreakingly good. It's played with my head a bit and I've been eyeing people suspiciously all day. It's not "just" a book about slavery, but a book about despair and hope. And I loved the surprise nod to my mom's alma mater! Wasn't expecting that at all!

Sace I got this from my library last Friday. Just haven't opened up and started it yet! Thanks for the review. 3y
LazyLimaLife Hope you like it @Sace! 3y
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At night, before she went to sleep in her cabin down in the quarters, she remembered Mawu‘s story and told herself that she was a god, a powerful god. Each and every day, she reminded herself of this so that she wouldn‘t fall backward. She was more than eyes, ears, lips, and thigh. She was a heart. She was a mind.

Sace Just put it on hold at my library! 3y
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LazyLimaLife
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Ready for tomorrow's commute!

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amma-keep-reading
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The heartbreak in this book combined with the heartbreak in the America of today is making me sick to my stomach. So emotional.

MyBookSwapClub Whole world is sad with America today...very sad! 3y
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BestOfFates
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Yesterday, I accompanied a friend to a used bookstore so she could buy Ulysses. They didn't have a copy & I ended up spending $72 so the day did not go as planned. (I need an intervention.)

Karen3 Hahaha love this! So something I would do. 3y
Leelee08 That sounds exactly like me. I can't be trusted in a bookstore. 😂 3y
BookishFeminist /me every time I enter a library or bookstore 3y
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Soubhiville Hahahaha! I laughed so hard! But ya, I always leave with more than I intended to buy! 📙📘📗📕📔📚 3y
Lindy Woah! Impressive haul! 3y
kammartinez Since it's a used bookstore, you can at least console yourself with the thought that you bought nothing at full-price ;). 3y
BestOfFates @kammartinez True! I did the math & it worked out to $2.60 on average - it would have been lower if not for a few graphic novels which are always steeper! 3y
Hugoreads I saw 'bookstore ' and $72.00 and I felt a vicarious joy! Happy reading! 3y
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"...perhaps whites did not understand how it felt not to be able to go where one wanted to go, dress how one wanted to dress. They took simple things like movement for granted." - Lizzie

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jamreads
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I put off reading this book for a long time. I just didn't want to read another slave story. But this is more than the life of slave women in the 1800's. This story reveals the power, strength & courage of four women, the safe haven found in true friendships & the ties that bind the afflicted.

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Perkins-Valdez subtly and cleverly sparks the imagination by leaving things unsaid. Her implied word engages the reader to interpret the idea in his own frame of reference. Dialect was natural and not forced -- as I've seen in some attempts at fictionalizing the concept of slavery.

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"Six slaves sat in a triangle, three women, three men, the men half nestled in the sticky heat of thighs, straining their heads away from the pain of the tightly woven ropes."

Donna_sBookMinute Some description, huh? The men were getting their hair braided. Yes, this author can "turn a phrase"; and comes out full throttle in her debut novel. Readers can look forward to more of this type of brilliant narrative in Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. 4y
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The story covers three summers during the middle of the 19th century at an Ohio resort which was later named Wilberforce University. It opens in media res during the summer of 1852. Having found slaveholders in my family's history, I still couldn't believe the slave/husband-figure arrangements.

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