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Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World as it tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War. A stunning debut novel, Wench marks author Perkins-Valdez—previously a finalist for the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Short Fiction Prize—as a writer destined for greatness.

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The other face of love.
January 11th, 2015
This novel is a gift. From the very first page to the very last word, I was emotionally tied to the amazing women portrayed in this historical yet fictional story. I got a glimpse a the other and stranger face of love.
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The wench
October 29th, 2014
Similar to "The Help"
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October 11th, 2014
The story was so touching and I could identify with the women, being a mother myself. Ms Perkins-Valdez crafted a tale that will remain in my mind for a long time to come.
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Highly recommend
January 10th, 2013
So interesting and engaging. I really learned a lot by reading this book about the nuances of slavery and the experience of women.
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