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Wench: A Novel
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Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. In 2011 she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She lives in Washington, D.C. @Dolen / dolenperkinsvaldez.com

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"[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)
"[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 striking debut intimately limns a Southern slave's complicated relationship with her master. . . . Compelling and unsentimental."--Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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
"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
"[A] memorable and engaging debut."--Library Journal, Best Books of 2010
"A fabulously creative and daring historical novel ."--Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune
"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
"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

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