Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith

Red Bluff, Mississippi, is a dying town in the 70's, slowly being eaten up by the encroaching kudzu, and there's something rotten at the heart of the "blackwood" that lurks underneath it's leaf canopy. A family living rough end up there at the same time that Colburn returns to town, an artist looking for answers …

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Based on real characters, this book fictionalises the lives of Sarah Grimke, daughter of a plantation owner, and a slave in her household called Handful. Both women refuse to be put into the box prescribed them, and fight for the lives they believe they can and should live, in the process challenging society and finding …

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