Kindred

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Beacon Press, 1988 - Fiction - 287 pages
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A whole new look for the classic novel that has sold over 450,000 copiesDana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
 

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User Review  - Bodagirl - LibraryThing

To put it simply, I loved it. It started a bit slow, but it's intentional. Butler draws you in to the inner conflict Dana faces of the time-travel paradox and the catch-22 of the American antebellum slave system. The abruptness of the ending was powerful, both horrifying and powerful. Read full review

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User Review  - shaunesay - LibraryThing

"I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm." Is that an opening hook or what? Of course you have to keep reading to find out how she lost her arm! This is not a happy book, but it is an ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
9
THE RIVER
12
THE FIRE
18
THE FALL
52
THE FIGHT
108
THE STORM
189
THE ROPE
240
EPILOGUE
262
READERS GUIDE
265
Discussion Questions
285
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Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, andParable of the Sower. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she twice won the Hugo Award.

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