Conjure Women: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, 2020 - African Americans - 416 pages
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A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing--and for the conjuring of curses--are at the heart of this dazzling first novel

"Lush, irresistible . . . It took me into the hearts of women I could otherwise never know. I was transported."--Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of White Houses and Away

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 precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother's footsteps as a midwife; and their master's daughter Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom.

Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love.
 

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User Review  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

The setting is a plantation somewhere in the American South. Most of the action takes place during the Reconstruction Era, when a community of once-enslaved people continue to live in the cabins that ... Read full review

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User Review  - rocketjk - LibraryThing

This is a lovely if somewhat flawed novel about a Black community on a Southern plantation before and during the Civil War and then in the years just after, and the story, within that community, of a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
29
Section 2
35
Section 3
42
Section 4
55
Section 5
67
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
365
Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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About the author (2020)

Afia Atakora was born in the United Kingdom and raised in New Jersey, where she now lives. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the De Alba Fellowship. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.

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