Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-ValdezWench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Wench: A Novel

byDolen Perkins-Valdez

Paperback | January 25, 2011

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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 <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_placename _w3a_st="on">Cane <_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">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.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of theNew York Timesbestselling novelWench. Her fiction has appeared in theKenyon Review,StoryQuarterly,StorySouth, and elsewhere. In 2011 she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of...
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Title:Wench: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:January 25, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061706566

ISBN - 13:9780061706561

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Absolutely riveting read! It was gripping from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The other face of love. 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.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The wench Similar to "The Help"
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding! 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.
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dance of Anger Holy crap! I see a lot of myself and my feelings in the situations that are in this book. I would recommend that the women I know give this book a read. This book was recommended to me by a dear and close friend.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Dance of Anger Holy crap! I see a lot of myself and my feelings in the situations that are in this book. I would recommend that the women I know give this book a read. This book was recommended to me by a dear and close friend.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow If this is what and how married people fight.... I'll stay single.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommend So interesting and engaging. I really learned a lot by reading this book about the nuances of slavery and the experience of women.
Date published: 2013-01-10

Editorial Reviews

“Perkins-Valdez crawls under your skin and probes most gracefully in clear, concise lyric prose, ultimately asking the question that only extraordinary fiction can ask--what would you have done? A superb and outstanding achievement.”