Conjure Women (Large Print / Library Binding)

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This book was very different from the things that I usually read, so I wasn't sure how much I'd like it.  I shouldn't have worried. Afia Atakora has a unique and beautiful way of writing.  Her description of a young black woman and her mother, that plantation's healing woman, in Civil War times was poetic and emotionally told.  Jumping back and forth between war time and afterward,  Atakora weaves a story that is sure to impress.  Readers of Toni Morrison should add this one to their lists- They might just find their new favoirte author.

— Abby


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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432880224
ISBN-10: 1432880225
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: November 25th, 2020
Pages: 606
Language: English