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Episode: Black slavery novel 'Wench' brings out anger, frustration in readers
Podcast: Mr. Media
Veröffentlicht: vor 7 Jahren, am 11.05.2010 um 15:04
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How many novels have you ever read that actually upset you? Moved you, frustrated you, left you unsure how you felt about the story itself?

That?s the way I felt reading Dolen Perkins-Valdez?s first novel, Wench.

I read a lot of books?it comes with the territory when they call you Mr. Media. But this novel left me aggravated. And I?m not saying that?s a bad thing; not at all. There?s nothing wrong with a writer pulling a visceral reaction out of a reader.

The subject matter is what did it to me?Wench is the story of four black slave women living in the mid-1800s, suffering whippings, beatings, rapes, and the outright sale of their children borne of unions with white slave masters?pretty gruesome, hardcore content. It was not a pretty time, of course, and this is not a pretty book.

It should make for an interesting conversation with the author.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez Website ? Twitter ? Blog
Hear it now!DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ AUDIO EXCERPT: "I did not want to romanticize the period. There is no way to write about slavery without writing about the difficulties slaves endured. At the same time, I didn't want the book to be a catalog of atrocity." 

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