Today I’ve got a spotlight on a book called The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden which releases today. Taking place in the 1800’s and dealing with slavery and racism makes this is exactly the kind of book I like to read. It’s on my list – well the audio version is and I’m looking forward to it. In the meantime I’m going to share with you what the book is about as well as some info on the author. Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy at the end of the post!
ABOUT THE WEDDING GIFT
Told from the alternating perspectives of a young slave girl and the wife of an abusive plantation owner, THE WEDDING GIFT (St. Martin’s Press; September 24, 2013) is a brilliant exposé on the evil of human bondage, a heartbreaking exploration of what-might-have-been and a meticulously researched historical tale of courage, escape and redemption.
Sarah is the daughter of a tyrannical plantation owner, Cornelius Allen, and his slave concubine, Emmeline. We meet Sarah at a pivotal time in her young life when she is beginning to understand the implications of her situation on the plantation and is also beginning to notice undeniable physical similarities between herself and Clarissa, the white daughter of Allen and his wife. The complicated, strained and emotionally fraught relationship between the two young girls grows through the years until it dramatically culminates when Allen gives Sarah to Clarissa as a wedding gift upon her marriage to an influential Southern gentleman.
THE WEDDING GIFT is ultimately a story about complicated bonds and compelling female relationships that will appeal to readers of The Help and The Secret Life of Bees. The final pages will surprise you and leave you breathless.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest legal services organization. She has more than two decades’ experience representing poor people and low-wage and immigrant workers, many of whom are severely underpaid, if paid at all.
She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel.
On May 20, 2012, the University of Rhode Island conferred on Marlen an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada)
I have one copy of The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden to share with my readers. To enter…
- Leave a comment for 1 entry to the giveaway.
- Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on October 8/13. Good luck!
Source: Giveaway copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this post.