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Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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Feb 28, 2010

it was amazing
Read from February 28 to March 25, 2010

I adore historical fiction, and feel so lucky to have been offered the chance to review Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valez. Not only am I thrilled to have found another brilliant historical fiction novel by a first-time writer, but I haven’t read a book on slavery since high school, and I was so happy to learn so many new things while reading Wench. Did you know about Tawawa House near Xenia, Ohio? It was open from 1852 – 1855 and it was a resort for Southern gentlemen and their “slave entourages.” Not only did these men come to a free state to vacation with their slave concubines, but their behavior closed the resort in just four years. Out of this crazy place came the Ohio African University which eventually was renamed Wilberforce University, our nation’s oldest private African-American University. Guess who are believed to be among the first students? The offspring between the slave owners and the slaves.

Wench is the story of four slave women “wenches” who meet at Tawawa House. Lizzie, Rennie, Sweet have become friends over the years during their vacations, but when they meet a new slave wench named Mawu, life as they know it changes forever once Mawu puts the idea of running away to become free in their heads. When they see free slaves for the first time, not only walking the streets of Ohio, but also vacationing at a nearby resort called Lewis House for colored folk, they are amazed to learn that black children are allowed to read and even play the piano, let alone get served by white folks, sit without doing work, and have bowls of fruit and cigarettes available for consumption.

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