Williams, Sherley A. Dessa Rose (P.S.)

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Dessa Rose (P.S.)

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In the long hot summer of 1847, the pregnant slave Dessa Rose sits in a white man's cellar, waiting for her child to be born so that she can be hanged. A world away, in the unfinished mansion of her run-down plantation, the ex-debutante Miss Rufel, abandoned by husband and family, also waits - a prisoner of a different kind. It is to Miss Rufel's farm that Dessa is brought by the runaways who rescue her - and it is there that, out of hatred and suspicion, an unforgettable friendship is forged.

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A deep, rich, compelling work ( ALICE WALKER)

DESSA ROSE immediately moves to the fore as one of the finest, richest, most moving novels we have about slavery ( MARGE PIERCY)

This is a powerful, unsentimental story...recommended for anyone interested in the joy and stupidity of the human condition, who wants an intelligent and thought- provoking read. ( HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW)

A compelling story based on two real-life incidents, DESSA ROSE makes rich and powerful reading. ( WALES ON SUNDAY)

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* An unforgettable novel about friendship across the racial divide.

* To be reissued with new jacket in the Virago Modern Classics.

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