KindredBook - 2003
Dana, 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.
From the critics
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Unsurprisingly, since this is about slavery, many scenes are frightening and intense
Sexual Content: sexual violence is present throughout, as is historically accurate
Violence: The use of the whip is particularly violent. Also, at least once, a character has a gun pointed directly at them. And a character loses an arm.
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I closed my eyes and saw the children playing their game again. “The ease seemed so frightening.” I said. “Now I see why.”
“The ease. Us, the children ... I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.”
Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. This confused me because I felt just about the same mixture of emotions for him myself. I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships. Only the overseer drew simple, unconflicting emotions of hatred and fear when he appeared briefly. But then, it was part of the overseer’s job to be hated and feared while the master kept his hands clean.