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Conjure Women (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Conjure Women (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Afia Atakora

Hardcover(Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

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A multigenerational, powerful debut that takes place during the mid-19th century on a plantation. The story revolves around Miss May Belle (a healer), her daughter Rue, and Varina (the daughter of the plantation owner) and illustrates the trials and tribulations of the women both before and after the Civil War. A riveting, raw look at healing, secrets, slavery and love, it also conjures a beautifully pitch-perfect ending.

This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition includes a personal essay from Afia Atakora, as well as a discussion guide.

A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing—and for the conjuring of curses—are at the heart of this dazzling first novel

“Lush, irresistible…It took me into the hearts of women I could otherwise never know. I was transported.”—Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of White Houses and Away

Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life. Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom.

Magnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593230336
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Edition description: Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 239,104
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Afia Atakora was born in the United Kingdom and raised in New Jersey, where she now lives. She graduated from New York University and has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the De Alba Fellowship. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.

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