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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
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Jul 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, science-fiction, book-club, 2009
Read in July, 2009

Dana, an modern-day African American woman, is thrust repeatedly back in time to the Antebellum South. She is inexplicably linked to her ancestor, a slave-holding plantation owner, and is constantly put into situations where she must save her great-great grandfather (so that she can eventually be born) and save herself from his cruelty. Her self-preservation is at odds with itself, and she learns first-hand what slavery was like. I found this book to be very difficult to read at times because of how vivid the descriptions were, but it is an important work by an important author.

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