Wench (P.S.)

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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 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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Dolen Perkins-Valdez s debut novel, "Wench", is outstanding: well crafted, imaginative, spellbinding, and above all satisfying. --World Literature Today

A powerful story. --Sequim Gazette

A mesmerizing read. --Seattle Times

"This elegantly-structured novel sheds much-needed light on the racial intricacies of America's past."--Margaret Cezair-Thompson, author of The Pirate's Daughter (a #1 Indie Next Pick)

"Impressive. . . . There are countless stories to be told and to be read regarding the lingering emotional impact of slavery; and here, Perkins-Valdez has imagined a memorable one, her characters are framed within a well-crafted and expressive narrative."--The Network Journal

"A powerful story."--Sequim Gazette

"A mesmerizing read."--Seattle Times

"[A] fascinating and tragic story. . . . [A] compulsive read."--NPR.org, Book Club Pick

"Perkins-Valdez memorably portrays how the entwined destinies of chattel and master, increasingly related by blood, passion and hatred, prefigure the looming national conflict. This is an almost forgotten, but important, chapter in American history--recorded as fiction but nonetheless full of hard facts."--Town & Country

"Readers entranced by "The Help" will be equally riveted by Wench. A deeply moving, beautifully written novel told from the heart."--USA Today

"In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history. . . . Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful, this novel showcases Perkins-Valdez's ability to bring the unfortunate past to life."--Publishers Weekly

"[E]lectrifying. . . . [T]his remarkable novel skillfully dramatizes a dark chapter in American history. Writing with lyrical grace and a gift for plot development, Perkins-Valdez has produced an inspiring portrait of four brave women and the risks they take to change their lives."--BookPage

"Dolen Perkins-Valdez's debut novel, "Wench", is outstanding: well crafted, imaginative, spellbinding, and above all satisfying."--World Literature Today

"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."--Jeffrey Lent, author of In the Fall and A Peculiar Grace

"Perkins-Valdez manages to shed a poetic light on one of the ugliest chapters in American history."--Essence

"Absolutely phenomenal. . . . "Wench" is an excellent novel that will appeal to many readers. Debut author Dolen Perkins-Valdez has crafted a historical narrative that shouldn't be missed."--Sacramento Book Review

"A heartbreaker, full of understated tragedy and lyrical prose. . . . Perkins-Valdez has woven a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past."--People

"[A] memorable first novel . . . Readers of historical fiction centering on Southern women's stories like Lalita Tademy's Cane River or Lee Smith's On Agate Hill will be moved by the skillful portrayal of Lizzie's precarious situation and the tragic stories of her fellow slaves."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A striking debut intimately limns a Southern slave's complicated relationship with her master. . . . Compelling and unsentimental."--Kirkus Reviews

"Through unforgettable characters and luscious prose, Wench stares down the difficult truths while never losing its beautiful beating heart. With all the weight of a historical excavation and the urgency of a page-turner, Perkins-Valdez establishes herself as a powerful new voice in fiction. "--Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling

"Drawing on research about the resort that eventually became the first black college, Wilberforce University, the novel explores the complexities of relationships in slavery and the abiding comfort of women's friendships."--Booklist

"A finely wrought story that explores the emotional lives of four slave women caught in the web of the Peculiar Institution."--Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River

"[A] memorable and engaging debut."--"Library Journal," Best Books of 2010

"Dolen Perkins-Valdez's debut novel, "Wench," is outstanding: well crafted, imaginative, spellbinding, and above all satisfying."--World Literature Today

[E]lectrifying. . . . [T]his remarkable novel skillfully dramatizes a dark chapter in American history. Writing with lyrical grace and a gift for plot development, Perkins-Valdez has produced an inspiring portrait of four brave women and the risks they take to change their lives. --BookPage"

[A] fascinating and tragic story. . . . [A] compulsive read. --NPR.org, Book Club Pick"

[A] memorable and engaging debut. --"Library Journal," Best Books of 2010"

Readers entranced by "The Help" will be equally riveted by Wench. A deeply moving, beautifully written novel told from the heart. --USA Today"

A heartbreaker, full of understated tragedy and lyrical prose. . . . Perkins-Valdez has woven a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past. --People"

Perkins-Valdez manages to shed a poetic light on one of the ugliest chapters in American history. --Essence"

A fabulously creative and daring historical novel . --Dawn Turner Trice, "Chicago Tribune""

Perkins-Valdez memorably portrays how the entwined destinies of chattel and master, increasingly related by blood, passion and hatred, prefigure the looming national conflict. This is an almost forgotten, but important, chapter in American history--recorded as fiction but nonetheless full of hard facts. --Town & Country"

A mesmerizing read. --Seattle Times"

Absolutely phenomenal. . . . "Wench" is an excellent novel that will appeal to many readers. Debut author Dolen Perkins-Valdez has crafted a historical narrative that shouldn t be missed. --Sacramento Book Review"

A powerful story. --Sequim Gazette"

Dolen Perkins-Valdez s debut novel, "Wench," is outstanding: well crafted, imaginative, spellbinding, and above all satisfying. --World Literature Today"

Impressive. . . . There are countless stories to be told and to be read regarding the lingering emotional impact of slavery; and here, Perkins-Valdez has imagined a memorable one, her characters are framed within a well-crafted and expressive narrative. --The Network Journal"

In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history. . . . Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful, this novel showcases Perkins-Valdez s ability to bring the unfortunate past to life. --Publishers Weekly"

A striking debut intimately limns a Southern slave s complicated relationship with her master. . . . Compelling and unsentimental. --Kirkus Reviews"

[A] memorable first novel . . . Readers of historical fiction centering on Southern women s stories like Lalita Tademy s Cane River or Lee Smith s On Agate Hill will be moved by the skillful portrayal of Lizzie s precarious situation and the tragic stories of her fellow slaves. --Library Journal (starred review)"

Drawing on research about the resort that eventually became the first black college, Wilberforce University, the novel explores the complexities of relationships in slavery and the abiding comfort of women s friendships. --Booklist"

A finely wrought story that explores the emotional lives of four slave women caught in the web of the Peculiar Institution. --Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River"

This elegantly-structured novel sheds much-needed light on the racial intricacies of America s past. --Margaret Cezair-Thompson, author of The Pirate's Daughter (a #1 Indie Next Pick)"

Through unforgettable characters and luscious prose, Wench stares down the difficult truths while never losing its beautiful beating heart. With all the weight of a historical excavation and the urgency of a page-turner, Perkins-Valdez establishes herself as a powerful new voice in fiction. --Tayari Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling"

A shattering story told with dignity, compassion, and some wicked humor. A brave, honest, beautifully written book that will shock and move readers to much new awareness. --Sigrid Nunez, author of "The Last of Her Kind" and "A Feather on the Breath of God""

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. --Jeffrey Lent, author of In the Fall and A Peculiar Grace"

"[A] memorable and engaging debut."-- Library Journal, Best Books of 2010

"Readers entranced by The Help will be equally riveted by Wench. A deeply moving, beautifully written novel told from the heart."--USA Today

"A fabulously creative and daring historical novel ."--Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune

"Absolutely phenomenal. . . . Wench is an excellent novel that will appeal to many readers. Debut author Dolen Perkins-Valdez has crafted a historical narrative that shouldn't be missed."--Sacramento Book Review

"Dolen Perkins-Valdez's debut novel, Wench, is outstanding: well crafted, imaginative, spellbinding, and above all satisfying."--World Literature Today

"A shattering story told with dignity, compassion, and some wicked humor. A brave, honest, beautifully written book that will shock and move readers to much new awareness."--Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind and A Feather on the Breath of God

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