Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Finds-Jan. 22


Should Be Reading asks you to share what books you discovered this week that interest you!

The book that most recently caught my eye is Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez that I first spotted over at Bookin' With Bingo, and now I've actually won this book from Karen so before you know it I will be posting about this in my Mailbox Monday post!

Here is a summary of the book from the HarperCollins website:

An ambitious and startling debut novel that follows the lives of four women at a resort popular among slaveholders who bring their enslaved mistresses
wench \'wench\ n. from Middle English "wenchel," 1 a: a girl, maid, young woman; a female child.

Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but then again, the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their black, enslaved mistresses. It's their open secret.

Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at Tawawa House. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their own lives and on their respective plantations. They don't bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory–but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change.

To run is to leave behind everything these women value most–friends and families still down South–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 are bearing 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.

I can't wait to dive into this book!  So has anything caught your eye recently?

8 comments:

Alayne said...

Sounds great! My find is at The Crowded Leaf.

lilly said...

This book has also caught my mind! It seems to be all over the blogosphere (or it might be just me). Anyway, it's definitely something I want to read.

bermudaonion said...

I have a friend who is dying to read this one. I can't wait to see your review.

Alyce said...

That looks really good! It's the first I have seen of it too.

Cat said...

That does sound good - hope you enjoy it.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I love the sound of that book - congrats on the win :)

Aths said...

That book sounds like a should-read! Congrats on the win!

Dar said...

I'm going to be diving into this one soon and can't wait.