Wench: A Novel

Paperback | January 25, 2011

byDolen Perkins-Valdez

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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.

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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...

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wench \'wench\ n. from Middle English “wenchel,”1 a: a girl, maid, young woman; a female child.Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House isan idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summerwith their enslaved black mistresses. It’s their open secret. Lizzie,Reenie, and Sweet are regula...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:January 25, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061706566

ISBN - 13:9780061706561

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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.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow If this is what and how married people fight.... I'll stay single.
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“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.”