Historical, realistic fiction of the deep south during the time of plantations and slavery.
That’s where you find yourself planted when you open up the pages of Kidd’s book.
This is not a “Gone with the Wind glamorization”
but a digging deep, into the history of a specific plantation and its family and its slaves.
Beyond that we learn about the slaves Hetti(Handful) and her mauma and how they have their own way about finding their freedom.
We fall into the lives of Sarah and Nina the daughters of a slave owner, Hetti a gift to Sarah on an early birthday.
Sarah, repulsed by slavery goes against all her family stood for.
The give and take between Hetti and Sarah is staggering, from friends, to owner/slave, to realization of what that means for both Sarah and Hetti.
Expect a raw, brutal read of the evils and realities of slavery.
Detailed descriptions of a memory quilt follow the story along
but before I spoil it…perhaps you should go get the book.
watch a youtube of Kidd as she answers questions of her book here:
here you can find her website:
and here a song to end your perusal of this page
I’ve read two other books by Kidd but have not reviewed them yet they are:
The Secret Life of Bee’s
(I really liked this one)
The Mermaid Chair
(Had a harder time getting into this book)