Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her ...more
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CONJURE WOMEN is like if John Steinbeck sat down and wrote about the black experience during the Civil War. It's just as epic in scope and the author, Afia Atakora, does a really good job showing people at their best and at their worst in the microcosm of plantation life. I was so impressed by the depth and complexity of all the characters, especially the two main characters, Rue and May Belle, who are the healing women on the plantation ...more
Conjure Women does nothing to "whitewash" either slavery or the dangerous years after it, but it also doesn't indulge in gratuitous violence. There is ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book! Conjure Women is Atakora's debut novel and includes elements of plantation and slavery life as well as magic, healing and all things in between. We are first introduced to Rue, who is a midwife/healer in a small town that mainly consists of recently freed slaves after the end of the Civil War. Throughout the story we gain a better ...more
Atakora does a very good job of highlighting the nuances of plantation life, especially when it came to the relationships of slaves, their owners (and extended family). She also ...more
Thank you to Netgalley for hooking me up with an ARC of this great novel, that I don't know I would have heard of otherwise.
'Conjure Women' follows Rue throughout her childhood and adulthood, seeing her mother being a healer and her own later attempts at trying to be the new healer. Of course nothing is easy and plot happens.
There are a few chapters ...more
I was so excited to get my hands on this book! From the blurb it looked right up my street, ticking numerous boxes. I mean, a female-led multigenerational story spanning multiple eras all wrapped up in a ‘magnificently researched’ historical novel? Count me in!
I am so happy to have had the privilege of reading Afia Atakora’s debut novel. It is ...more
The tale of Rue (and her mother), healers/midwives and slaves. The narrative jumps between different time periods to further the story.
Rue is an incredibly well-done character - even her more morally muddy decisions you can empathise with. All the supporting characters are vivid and well written,
I don't want to give too much away - there's so much in here that I want people to come at fresh, with ...more
I love any historical fiction, especially centered around The Civil War and WWII. Even though these were such sad and depressing times in history, I love reading stories in that time period because it reminds me of my grandparents and great grandparents. Afia Atakora is one of those writers that will stand the test of time. This is definitely going to be one of those books in 50-100 years that we are ...more
I thought that if I allowed myself to wait a few hours between finishing this book and reviewing it I would be able to articulate how a book could be both anti-climatic while also very engaging; however after twelve hours of letting Conjure Women stew I still pinpoint that one specific element that makes this book worth the sum of its parts, even if you leave the table hungry (Food analogy, bear with me.)
This is the debut novel of Afia Atakora ...more
The novel focusses on Miss May Belle and her daughter Miss Rue in rotating chapters thus also exposing the reader to two generations of African American Women during their years as slaves on a plantation, as well as the years immediately following encompassing the aftermath of “freedom”.
There were several things that I loved about this novel.
1. I loved the alternate ...more
Some of it almost painful to read but you just can’t stop.
The story is about Rue and about her mother Maybelle,Maybelle is a healer on a plantation to the slaves and after her death Rue carried on that tradition.There is a dash of the mystical in their healing.
This is a book to savor.I’m a speed reader and I read at a pretty fast clip but even I had to slow down and enjoy every word.
Thankyou Netgalley ...more
It is set during a very, very dark and tragic period in our nation’s history, but the writing is breathtaking, poetic and almost other-worldly. At certain moments, it is utterly heartbreaking. At others, it is ethereal and just...beyond.
The story follows three women living on a plantation in the South, switching back and forth between the years before and just after the Civil War, pre- and post-slavery.
Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of ...more
The story opens with Rue awakening to a chilling cry coming from a nearby cabin. This is our first introduction to Bean, so named because of his unusual eyes, which ...more
This book was absolutely amazing. Another one I could not put down until the end.
Takes place in the South, before and after Civil War, on a southern plantation owned my Marse Charles, most prosperous landowner. It was more about slavery, the women and their community during slavery and after they are free. Told in different POV of the life of Miss May Belle who learned the art of hoodooing and her daughter, ...more
The language made it hard to follow at times. I didn't understand what was going on some times so I had to guess.
All in all, it was an interesting story of the generations of conjure women and their trials through hards times. I am glad that I continued reading it.
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
Miss Rue is a conjure woman, just like her mother, Miss May Belle, before her. Through slaverytime, wartime, and freedomtime, Miss Rue ushers new lives into this world, keeps company with those lives journeying to the next, and heals everyone in between. But her role in the community, which is still stabilizing after its freedom ...more