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A compelling and utterly intriguing tale, "Stigmata" weaves together the stories of three women, at once blessed with a powerful vision, and cursed by a shared legacy of slavery, pain, and struggle.
Published (first published July 22nd 1998)
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I first read this book and college and decided to reread it. I now remember why it stuck with me even though I forgot many of the details. I love that Perry makes a physical manifestation of the scars of slavery on a contemporary young woman, Lizzie. When she inherits a trunk from her grandmother, she finds an old diary and a quilt that both fascinate her. However, she begins to have visions of a past that seem all too real. Unfortunately, her experiences leave her physically scarred and one of ...more
It was just okay. I think I was expecting something more than I got.
Too predictable
Phyillis Aliesha Perry is a writer. If this is her first novel, I have to read what she’s written most recently. This is definitely a book for people who like the English language. She says what she has to say so beautifully. Her writing is poetic. The tale itself is a good one. Fourteen year old Lizzie is given a quilt and diary that belonged to her grandmother and begins to have intense flashbacks of her great, great-grandmother, Ayo who was kidnapped from Africa, brought to America and enslav ...more
I cannot read or write about this book without wanting to compare it to Toni Morrison's Beloved. Both books make physical the legacy of slavery by embodying the injuries inflicted upon slaves (physical and emotional). In doing so, Morrison and Perry show the impossibility of leaving behind the past; in fact, they insist upon the undesirability of leaving behind (by merely forgetting) the past. The past must be remembered in order to be dealt with, say Morrison and Perry (as well as many other Af ...more
A very interesting story. Lizzie tells the stories of Grace, her grandmother, Joy her great-grandmother and Bessie or Ayo her great-great-grandmother.
She inherits a story quilt with pictures sewn onto it of the tragic life and unbelievabl suffering of Ayo a slave brought to America as a child slave, the inhuman treatment of this child and the scar it leaves on the body and mind of Ayo (renamed Bessie) appear to be so strong that they become genetically imprinted and passed down through the gener
It started off interesting, the girl was released from the mental institution and I was eager to know more. Parts of the descriptions were beautiful and the author shifted between then and now with ease. But towards the end I lost interest. I didn't care, the story was too long and if I heared anyone even mention a quilt I'll probably slap them.

So I had to put the book down. It needed more.
I was attracted to this book after reading about it in a critical theory text. It has a great premise but poor execution. The characterization felt thin, the storyline too convenient and--despite the content--far too easy. I wanted it to be harrowing but found myself mostly annoyed that it wasn't better.
Sharmae Gutierrez
I loved this book! Although I haven't read its first installment (since I just bought this book from some 'charity-garage-sale'), I thought the book was amazing. The story of the three sisters were touching and quite realistic (if the readers have a sister/sisters, just like me). It was even more realistic when the author added her touch (meaning to say, she written the dialogues using African-Black language) which I thought was interesting.
For someone who has interest about African Black cultu
garage sale find

I couldn't put this book down. Lizzie inherits a memory quilt from the grandmother she never met. She relives the memories of her great-great grandmother, stolen as a young African girl and sold into slavery in America. The memories are so real she exhibits the wounds from the chains and beatings. Lizzie is committed to several mental institutions by her parents and spends fourteen years trying to get someone to believe in her.

A stunning debut novel.
This is for sure an interesting story that will hold your attention throughout and never lags at any point. However, as I find happening with most novels like this, the story sort of falls apart at the end. The final confrontation and resolution was somewhat anti-climactic for me, and I feel like there are still a few loose ends....but that could be the point.
Karen Simpson
Aug 23, 2012 Karen Simpson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
another good book that deal with african American magical realism. More straight forward than Beloved. People shouldn't be put off by the word Stigmata it is not a christian book

در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده‌ است؛ می‌توانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
R. Mark
I was very surprised by this book. A very different/original take on stigmata and slavery...gotta read to understand
Shonna Froebel
Centered around quilts and historic memory as well as mental illness
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