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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 across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780807083703
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (287 p.)


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Jul 15, 2018

Well written an enjoyable read. A modern woman confronts the horrors of slavery in the American South as she is thrust back through time again and again.

Jul 02, 2018

Books like these come along once in a lifetime. I hope you get a chance to experience this incredible, heartbreaking legacy.

Apr 26, 2018

This book has caused all the emotions I thought it would - anger, sadness, righteous indignation, longing, and fear. What a way to give eyes to those who cannot fathom the atrocities of slavery. The reader is being thrust into an unknown world, but with an awareness of its previous existance, just like Dana and Kevin. Wonderfully presented and highly recommended reading.

Feb 10, 2018

An Amazing story from start to finish. Well written and historically accurate :)

Jan 13, 2018

very good story! Throughout the book I've had this sudden urge to use just to see where the website takes me. Should be made into a movie, but you know what will happen when that happens.....

Dec 29, 2017

A spellbinding page turner. I couldn't put it down.

CMLibrary_JLytal Dec 22, 2017

You can choose to read this novel as either magical realism or as an allegory. However you choose to read it, though, its power in undeniable. Never before has an author made me fall in love with two characters as quickly as Butler did with Dana and Kevin. Not only does Butler give us to amazing characters who stick with each other and love each other deeply despite extraordinarily trying circumstances, though. She also gives us an incredible narrative. "Kindred" successfully demonstrates the horror and barbarity of the slave system, showing how it was destructive and corrosive to both whites and blacks as we witness characters turn from a innocents to monsters. Despite this, though, Kindred ends with a sense of hope and optimism. In all, an extraordinary book!

Sep 19, 2017

Amazing historical/science fiction. I can't believe it has taken me this long to read it. Butler vividly takes us back and forth from the 20th and 19th centuries and you can't avoid the reality of slavery in the nineteenth century. As a avid genealogist, it also made me think about "what-ifs" around meeting our ancestors. Highly recommended, should be required reading for teens and young adults.

GCPL_Teen Aug 22, 2017

Though this is adult fiction, it is suitable for older teens. The unique setting - half Antebellum South and half modern day, is both intriguing and enlightening. It has an empowering message that will particularly appeal to women of color, though all readers can be inspired by this powerful work.

ArapahoeCynthiaK Aug 16, 2017

Would you choose a specific historical time period given the opportunity to time travel? Dana is an African American author who mysteriously travels to the early 1800's in Maryland, before the start of the Civil War. She is somehow tied to her ancestor, Rufus, who calls her back to save his life....therefore saving the lives of Dana's own ancestors.

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