Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl

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Penguin, Jan 28, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
46 Reviews
Kidnapped from Galway, Ireland, as a young girl, shipped to Barbados, and forced to work the land alongside African slaves, Cot Daley's life has been shaped by injustice. In this stunning debut novel, Kate McCafferty re-creates, through Cot's story, the history of the more than fifty thousand Irish who were sold as indentured servants to Caribbean plantation owners during the seventeenth century. As Cot tells her story-the brutal journey to Barbados, the harrowing years of fieldwork on the sugarcane plantations, her marriage to an African slave and rebel leader, and the fate of her children—her testimony reveals an exceptional woman's astonishing life.

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I found this book difficult to read on two levels. - Goodreads
Educational. But the writing was lacking. - Goodreads
This book wasnt a page turner, but held my interest. - Goodreads
This was a book club selection. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Due to the subject matter it wasn't a "light" read but it did keep me engaged. Just the right length. I've always wanted to go to Barbados and this book will probably change what historical highlights I want to explore there. Read full review

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Tedious. Read full review


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Kate McCafferty was born in the United States and received her Ph.D. in English. Since then she has taught English in colleges all over the world. She has published essays, poems, and short fiction pieces in a number of publications. Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl is her first novel.

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