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Wench

de Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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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.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Excellent book but tough to read. I can't say I enjoyed reading a book about slavery, but it was very emotional and powerful, with realistic charters. I appreciated that it was subtle and nuanced rather than a bunch of stereotypes. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
This remains as good as I remembered. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Wench tells the story of a Tennessee slave girl, Lizzie, who at age thirteen is forced to become the concubine of her master, Nathan Drayle. The story seemed unique to me in that it focused on the now adult Lizzie being taken on several summer vacations by her master to an Ohio resort that welcomed Southern slave owners and their black slave-mistresses among its Northern guests. Lizzie and three other slave women she befriends contemplate the prospect of freedom in a town where the hotel staff are free people residing in free territory. Other subplots examine the lives of five other slaves particularly the women and their masters.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped but there are still some very good sections. I thought the fact that Nathan moved Lizzie into the bedroom across the hall from his barren wife to be a little unbelievable. While the author tried to make Nathan a little more likable than the other slave owners I'm not sure it was successful. What kind of man would have sex with a young girl he professes to love, only to tie her up like a dog the next morning. It was very hard for me to visualize his wife meekly allowing this but perhaps the author was trying to show us that all women of that time period lived at the whim of the master....whether they were black or white.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
The story revolves around four women who are the mistresses, as well as the slaves, to the men who own them. They come together each summer at an unusual resort in Ohio that caters to both Northerners and Southerners. Perkins-Valdez explores many aspects of slave life in general, and the ambiguous relationship of the favored slave-mistresses in particular, but ultimately it is a story of friendship, betrayal and loyalty. This was a fast read that kept the reader interested but not fully engaged. The story and the writing lacked the power and depth that Beloved by Toni Morrison, or Song Yet Sung by James McBride carried, and I doubt I will remember the story or the characters in a few years. ( )
  tshrope | Jan 13, 2020 |
I would not suggest this book for anyone under the age of 18. Some things are a bit graphic. It starts off really slow, gets really good, then has a few more slow moments but its worth reading. ( )
  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
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Dolen Perkins-Valdezautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
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Wench:
(c. 1290): A girl, maid, young woman; a female child.
(1362): A wanton woman; a mistress.

United States:
(1812; 1832): A black or colored female servant; a negress.
(1848): A colored woman of any age; a negress or mulattress, especially one in service.
Her beauty was notorious through all that part of the country; and colonel Moore had been frequently tempted to sell her by the offer of very high prices. All such offers however, he had steadily rejected; for he especially prided himself upon owning the swiftest horse, the handsomest wench, and the finest pack of hounds in all Virginia.

The Slave: or Memoirs of Archy Moore (1836)
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Dedicated to my parents:

Barbara and James Perkins

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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 tightly woven ropes.
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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.--From publisher description.

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