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Wench: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – January 25, 2011
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Suffering emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their "owners," the women grow weary, often dreaming of their and their children's freedom. While each of the women has a unique relationship with her respective master, Lizzy, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu share the bond of slavery and mistreatment. Despite the seeming perks each wench receives over all the other slaves at their home plantations, each woman still finds herself living in misery. This story brings readers into the heart-wrenching decisions, painstaking moments and emotional turmoil endured by each of the women as they struggle to save themselves spiritually, physically and emotionally. They walk a fine line of favor with their masters. Should the women stay, or should they run, when the opportunity is staring them right in the face?
This story is unlike any other story I've read about slave women and children. Yes, I've heard the stories and knew these type things happened but never have I been drawn into the minds of the women that have lived this life. Themes of particular interest to me while reading this story were the relationship between the master's wife, Fran, and Lizzy. Lizzy's character is also of the most interest to me in that she was quite indecisive. I understood her indecision. I felt these women's pain and suffering.Read more ›
The four women became close as they all shared the same inevitable life with their slave owners. Three of the women seemingly content to live their lives as they have, one of them ready to break free from the chains that enslaved her. Her influence on the other women lead to death, mistrust, self doubt, self preservation, and freedom.
It was sad, touching, empowering, and it made me angry and hurt my heart to know that these men would keep women like chattel love them one minute and then chain them up the next to make sure they wouldn't run away. They would take them to a place where they were seen as equals as a couple, but at the least bit of trouble they were beaten and abused. Because they were nothing but slaves.
I wonder if I could have lived at that time. How strong would I have been? Would my children who could "pass as white" one day living in the masters house and then at the first sign of trouble be sent back to the slave quarters to live like the rest, could they have survived?
Could I have left my children behind and headed to a life of freedom with out them? Or would I have stayed trying to give my children the best I could with what I had? Questions that still haunt me after reading this book.
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I learned so much about that era vPerkinValdez has a fine sense of time ,place,and human character. She put me with her four women,and I suffered with them.Published 14 days ago by Donna Clack
This book did not impress me. The characters were rather stock and the main character I found downright disgusting and pathetic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chenani Arterberry
Interesting story with an intriguing background from which the author based the story. Historical aspects are in most ways accurately portrayed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Map Diggy
A well-researched and unsung portion of American history. Disturbing at times and disheartening at others. An effective snap shot of the the unbreakable human spirit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tabitha