Wench

Wench

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061706547
Branch Call Number: PERKI
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 24 cm.

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Einer2
Oct 07, 2017

Read this one in two days! A should read for everyone in the country.

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MillieBT
Dec 30, 2016

Wench is the story of 4 slave women who vacation in the state of Ohio with their white masters.....it shows the 4 women in the same situation and how each one of them view their lives differently.......highly highly recommend!!!!!!!!!

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molmil8
Dec 19, 2013

Very good read, although a few violent scenes. Heart-breaking at times, but a compelling story. Liked the occasional Canadian references regarding The Underground Railroad. I love novels that can teach history at the same time.

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finn75
May 31, 2013

This book made me so angry at the treatment of these women. I wanted to break some bones! Yet it also showed how complicated the relationships could become when children were involved. Heartbreaking especially considering this is based on a real vacation spot for white men and their slaves.

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joliebergman
Apr 17, 2013

One of the most depressing books I've ever read.

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anisoz
May 23, 2012

Fan-freakin'-tastic. I had no idea.

BookDiva Jan 05, 2012

A definite must read for those who enjoy southern historical fiction. Enjoyed every page, with a well rounded story and fantastic character development, this book rivals The Help for my favorite read of 2011.

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JessicaGiles
Jul 28, 2011

Somehow, without graphic sex or violence this book still managed to tell a story so disturbing I could not stand to finish it. Though the book is fiction, undoubtedly every word of it was truth for so many.
I WILL pick the story back up at some point, I care enough about the characters to hear their entire story eventually.

This book makes Amistad look like light summer reading.

m2 May 02, 2011

This one was a page - turner. I read the book in 2 days and really wanted to stay up even later and finish in one day. An amazing story constructed out of a short historical notice about a resort in Ohio catering to white southerners and their black female slaves. Devastating details -- and yet the story isn't maudlin or patronizing. Much better than The Help ( to which the cover of the paperback compares it) because it is told from the perspective of the slave women, not an outsider do-gooder.
Good for book clubs, though. Immediately prior to the civil war in history...so good for those who are looking back to the Civil War due to the recent milestone.

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May 28, 2015

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