Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Pheby lives on a plantation in Virginia where her mother has worked hard to teach her daughter to have pride in herself and not see herself as a slave. She's the favorite of the plantation owner and has been promised her freedom at 18, living a fairly sheltered existence (comparatively). But her life is changed …

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The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Opening in 1807, Rachel grows up on the island of St Thomas, a child beloved by her father, who makes sure that she's well educated, and a mother who is cold and bitter. In her family there is also Adele, who is their servant, and her daughter, Jestine, who is like a sister to Rachel. …

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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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