Kindred

Kindred

eBook - 2003
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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and more dangerous, until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780807083703
0807083704
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (287 p.)

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IanS_Librarian
Sep 19, 2017

Amazing historical/science fiction. I can't believe it has taken me this long to read it. Butler vividly takes us back and forth from the 20th and 19th centuries and you can't avoid the reality of slavery in the nineteenth century. As a avid genealogist, it also made me think about "what-ifs" around meeting our ancestors. Highly recommended, should be required reading for teens and young adults.

GCPL_Teen Aug 22, 2017

Though this is adult fiction, it is suitable for older teens. The unique setting - half Antebellum South and half modern day, is both intriguing and enlightening. It has an empowering message that will particularly appeal to women of color, though all readers can be inspired by this powerful work.

AL_CYNTHIA Aug 16, 2017

Would you choose a specific historical time period given the opportunity to time travel? Dana is an African American author who mysteriously travels to the early 1800's in Maryland, before the start of the Civil War. She is somehow tied to her ancestor, Rufus, who calls her back to save his life....therefore saving the lives of Dana's own ancestors.

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ashley_barajas
Jul 12, 2017

This book is a wild ride as the main character,Dana, is thrown back and fourth in time. She must learn to adjust to slavery in the past, knowing that this is not the best humanity can do. Dana must suffer to insure her time in the present can go back to normal.

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njon38
Jun 25, 2017

Unsure how I have never read this book before. It is astonishing, time travel to antebellum south to her ancestors, a description of how a 20th century black woman could or would adjust to slavery. Wonderful

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Starpoem
Sep 11, 2016

* Easy to read, hard to put down. Butler's eloquent writing style is simple without being simplistic. She has a talent for getting ideas across with just enough words, no more.

* The book is labeled as science fiction, but really it defies categorization. I think that if you like adventure, mystery, romance, historical fiction, or science fiction, you will like Kindred.

* As far as the science fiction elements go, Kindred explores ways in which time travel might affect everyday lives and relationships.

* None of the characters in Kindred is 100% good or 100% bad. Instead, the characters fall somewhere along a continuum, and they change over time...just like people do in real life.

* This book makes you think about lots of good questions: questions about race relations and prejudice, questions about how our ancestors' lives influence our own, and questions about right vs. wrong. I bet that you'll still be thinking about this book long after you read the last page.

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demure11
Aug 29, 2016

So hard to put this read down at night. Every page kept me entranced. The author successfully was able to draw my attention and to carefully think about life as it was so long ago. A great read.

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Jgiebel
Aug 16, 2016

This book was mesmerizing. I couldn't put it down. It is well written and you truly feel like you are a part of the journey.

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 16, 2016

This book is... haunting. It calls to question how people could have accepted slavery, and makes you rethink everything you've ever known about history. This is one of those books every person should read.

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Jane_Sm
Feb 24, 2016

Not sure of the distinction between SF and fantasy, but this book is definitely about time travel. The enduring impression for me is toward the end, as the main character spends longer periods of time in the past, increasingly uncertain whether she'll return to the present--how pervasive becomes the mindset of being a SLAVE. Absolutely chilling to regard in that light the rights, freedom, and privileges we can so easily take for granted.

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