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The pale-skinned, black-eyed baby is a bad omen. Thats one thing the people on the old plantation are sure of. The other is that Miss Rue midwife,...more
With nary a misstep in plot, tone or character develop, Atakora takes us to a slave holding plantation in the South. The book covers the period before the Civil War and after. What makes this book so special is that I didn't feel like an ...more
The story is about emancipated slaves continuing to live on the plantation theyve lived on for many years, after its destruction during the Civil War.
It centers most around a healer (conjure woman) Miss May Belle, her daughter Rue, and Varina.. the daughter of the white plantation owner.
The story goes back and forth in time showing how they had to live pre and post civil war times.
Miss May Belle was called upon for healing and the casting of spells and ...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
A gripping debut that follows the lives of three women through the years as the Civil Wars looms, as well as the years that follow the war, and the people in this community. Shared through the thoughts and days of Miss May Belle, a conjure woman; her daughter, Rue, who is still a child as this story begins, but who will grow to learn her mothers skills in both casting spells and delivering babies; and Varina, daughter of Marse Charles, the plantation owner, and who through ...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
Set just before, during, and after the American Civil War in the antebellum south, this striking novel tells the story of healer and slave Miss May Belle, her daughter and somewhat reluctant protege, Rue, and their masters daughter, Varina. Rue and Varina are the same age and grow up together amidst the brutality and ...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
Conjure Women is a lyrical character-wise debut. Rue is at the center of this story; shes coming-of-age and learning to be a midwife from her mom, May Belle. They are the Conjure Women on the southern plantation where they are enslaved. Mystical natural elements are revealed in vivid scenes as Rue searches for medicinal plants and mysterious foxes wonder the woods. With compelling insight into human nature, ...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
Right now I'm sitting at a 4 star, while it was so engaging and hard to put down it was ...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 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 Atakoras debut novel. It is ...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
Conjure Women showed elements of slavery and the plantation along with magic. This story happens after the civil war and you get to know more about Rue throughout the story. there are flashbacks from when Rue was little growing up on the plantation with her mother who was a midwife and healer. Her mother taught her everything she knew about spiritual healing. I really enjoyed Rue's moms storyline a lot. Even with ...more
Thank you @netgally and Random House for giving me an ARC for an honest review.
Publication date: April 7th
This book was a dream! The writing style is stunning. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing to the point that I couldnt put it down if I tired. I thought this book was so well written - then finding out that this is a debut novel!! I am very impressed!
Synopsis: We are following the lives of women that live on a plantation; a healer and slave, ...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
Since reading Little Women, Conjure Women is the only other book Ive read set around the American Civil War. It will come as a surprise that this is Afia Atakoras debut novel given her ability to write so evocatively about historical fiction.
The story revolves around Rue, daughter of Miss May Belle who is a reputable conjure woman and midwife. Both mother and daughter are enslaved on a plantation in the American South where they suffer ...more
Once I got into this book I had a hard time putting it down. I read the majority of it in an evening and found it engrossing and surprising at some of the twists and turns.
Conjure Women follows the story of two women. The first, Rue, is a healer/midwife/conjurer who is living life as best as possible after the end of Civil War and the finding of a new way of a life. The other woman is her mother, May Belle, and takes place before the ...more
The characters are rich and deep. They struggle with life during the days of slavery and then trying to figure out what ...more
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