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Dessa Rose

Dessa Rose - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0688166434

Cover of Dessa Rose 86 (ISBN 978-0688166434)
ISBN13: 978-0688166434
ISBN10: 0688166431
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: Quill
Published: 1986
International: No

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Dessa Rose - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0688166434

Sherley A. Williams

ISBN13: 978-0688166434
ISBN10: 0688166431
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: Quill

Published: 1986
International: No
Summary

This acclaimed historical novel is based on two actual incidents: In 1829 in Kentucky, a pregnant black woman helped lead an uprising of a group of slaves headed to the market for sale. She was sentenced to death, but her hanging was delayed until after the birth of her baby. In North Carolina in 1830, a white woman living on an isolated farm was reported to have given sanctuary to runaway slaves. In Dessa Rose, the author asks the question: "What if these two women met?"

From there the story unfolds: two strong women, one black, one white, form a forbidden and ambivalent alliance; a bold scheme is hatched to win freedom; trust is slowly extended and cautiously accepted as the two women unite and discover greater strength together than alone. United by fate but divided by prejudice, these two women are locked in a thrilling battle for freedom, sisterhood, friendship, and love.

Author Bio

Williams, Sherley Anne : University of California--San Diego


Sherley Anne Williams is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections, plays, and short stories. She was a National Book Award nominee for her first book of poetry, The Peacock Poems, and received a Caldecott Honor for Working Cotton, her first work for children. A professor of Literature at the University of California at San Diego, she frequently lectures and speaks nationwide. She lives in San Diego.

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