The book I just finished reading is Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. I began reading this book because of the recommendation of Viselli on the 1330v blog. The book was at times painful for me to get through because of the terrible behavior of many of the characters, but it was also amazing to read because of the loving nature of the group of women portrayed in the book. It provided a new lens for me to understand certain experiences of slavery, namely, that of the house slaves/mistresses of the white slave owners. The main character, Lizzie, is in love with her “owner,” while the other women in the story of similar circumstances, despise the men they are forced to sleep with. Ultimately, each woman finds a different way of coping with her difficult situation and each reaches a different outcome.

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