By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

  • Release Date : 2010-01-05
  • Genre : African American
  • FIle Size : 1.07 MB
Score: 4.0
From 286 Ratings
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Wench Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s enchanting and unforgettable novel, based on little-known fact, combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World as it tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War.

wench \'wench\ n. from Middle English “wenchel,”1 a: a girl, maid, young woman; a female child.

Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House is an idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their enslaved black mistresses. It’s their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at the resort, building strong friendships over the years. But when Mawu, as fearless as she is assured, comes along and starts talking of running away, things change. To run is to leave everything behind, and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances—all while they bear witness to the end of an era.

An engaging, page-turning, and wholly original novel, Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery.

“Readers entranced by The Help will be equally riveted by Wench. A deeply moving, beautifully written novel told from the heart.”—USA Today


  • Great read for those wishing to delve....

    By Onmyfourthname
    Into depths of the relationships, both negative and positive, of slaves and owners. While fiction, it is a brilliant work: a heartwarming story of self discovery.
  • Abrupt Ending

    By JustLeesh
    My interest picked up after the first few chapters. As soon as the plot thickened and the story reached its climax it ended abruptly. The ending was not only disappointing, but it didn't make any sense. Even if a sequel was written, I wouldn't invest in it for fear of the same disappointment.
  • Amazing read

    By Rue_Mitchell
    This book is a journey into the deepest heart of the darkness of slavery. It reveals true cruelty masked as love and mental anguish disguised as benevolence. The story weaves together the lives of four women in such a way to expose how deep the wounds of slavery cut - far deeper than physical pain, to the very soul. As a white woman born and raised in Ohio, this book brought the horror of slavery to my front door, and it broke my heart. Fiction? Yes, but it's message is true and needs to be heard through the ages.
  • Wench

    By Left confused
    I enjoyed reading the book, however, bouncing back and forth from scene to scene was not executed well. I was left confused when Mawu was publicly whipped and abused by, "Tip" (her master). Then later towards the end of the book his name was referred to as, "Sir". Who I thought was Rennie's master. Overall the book kept my attention till the end. I was disappointed at the ending or lack of.
  • Really entertaining read!

    By Cuellargama
    Good book for this genre. You will get caught up in the protagonist's life. I was a but disappointed that it ended where it did, but that is the sign of a good story- you don't want it to end.
  • I love Lizzie

    By Great game99
    You come to care about the characters .... Great book about horrific circumstances and courage.
  • Wench

    By ArcNZkid
    Disappointing ending. Guess there must be a sequel in the making that tells us what happens to Lizzie and her children.
  • Amazing

    By Bamedic
    I could not put it down.
  • Welp

    By MsDeeRay
    Definitely a page-turner but the ending could've been better.
  • Wench

    By Catherine Hewitt
    Gritty reality of slave perspective in 1850's that had me shocked, deeply saddened and inspired by their ability to perservere. The writer created such well developed characters. I wish it wouldn't have ended. I have read a large number of books on this subject but I felt that the author truly reached deep within to make this chaotic, insane existence very real for the reader to experience. It left me raw with emotion.