Conjure Women Afia Atakora

Conjure Women

Author: Afia Atakora
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Book Title
Conjure Women
Author
Afia Atakora
ISBN
9780525511489
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 LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE - "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. Praise for Conjure Women " A] haunting, promising debut . . . Through complex characters and bewitching prose, Atakora offers a stirring portrait of the power conferred between the enslaved women. This powerful tale of moral ambiguity amid inarguable injustice stands with Esi Edugyan's Washington Black."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engrossing debut . . . Atakora structures a plot with plenty of satisfying twists. Life in the immediate aftermath of slavery is powerfully rendered in this impressive first novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Afia AtakoraPublisher: Random HousePublished: 04/07/2020ISBN: 9780525511489Pages: 416Weight: 1.40lbsSize: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2019 pg. 61Library Journal 12/01/2019 pg. 80Publishers Weekly 01/13/2020Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2020 pg. 9Booklist 02/01/2020 pg. 29
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

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE - "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.

Praise for Conjure Women

" A] haunting, promising debut . . . Through complex characters and bewitching prose, Atakora offers a stirring portrait of the power conferred between the enslaved women. This powerful tale of moral ambiguity amid inarguable injustice stands with Esi Edugyan's Washington Black."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An engrossing debut . . . Atakora structures a plot with plenty of satisfying twists. Life in the immediate aftermath of slavery is powerfully rendered in this impressive first novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Afia Atakora
Publisher: Random House
Published: 04/07/2020
ISBN: 9780525511489
Pages: 416
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2019 pg. 61
Library Journal 12/01/2019 pg. 80
Publishers Weekly 01/13/2020
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2020 pg. 9
Booklist 02/01/2020 pg. 29
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

LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE - "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.

Praise for Conjure Women

" A] haunting, promising debut . . . Through complex characters and bewitching prose, Atakora offers a stirring portrait of the power conferred between the enslaved women. This powerful tale of moral ambiguity amid inarguable injustice stands with Esi Edugyan's Washington Black."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An engrossing debut . . . Atakora structures a plot with plenty of satisfying twists. Life in the immediate aftermath of slavery is powerfully rendered in this impressive first novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Afia Atakora
Publisher: Random House
Published: 04/07/2020
ISBN: 9780525511489
Pages: 416
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.20w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 10/01/2019 pg. 61
Library Journal 12/01/2019 pg. 80
Publishers Weekly 01/13/2020
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2020 pg. 9
Booklist 02/01/2020 pg. 29