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Based on the lives of two nineteenthcentury women, this portrait of the South during slavery focuses on the slave Dessa Rose and her relationship with a white woman, Miss Rufel
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This acclaimed historical novel is based on two actual incidents: In 1829 in Kentucky, a pregnant black woman helped lead an uprising of a group of slaves headed to the market for sale. She was sentenced to death, but her hanging was delayed until after the birth of her baby. In North Carolina in 1830, a white woman living on an isolated farm was reported to have given sanctuary to runaway slaves. In Dessa Rose, the author asks the question: "What if these two women met?"
From there the story unfolds: two strong women, one black, one white, form a forbidden and ambivalent alliance; a bold scheme is hatched to win freedom; trust is slowly extended and cautiously accepted as the two women unite and discover greater strength together than alone. United by fate but divided by prejudice, these two women are locked in a thrilling battle for freedom, sisterhood, friendship, and love.About the Author:
Sherley Anne Williams (1944-1999) was a novelist, literary critic, an award-winning poet, and the author of short stories and several works for children. Williams's first collection of poetry, The Peacock Poems, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her first work for children, Working Cotton, was a Caldecott Honor recipient. Williams was a longtime professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego.
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Book Description Berkley, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0425103374
Book Description Berkley, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0425103374
Book Description Berkley, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110425103374