Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus

Book - 2014
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"Moments after Lisbeth is born, she's taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin, and the girl's visits to the slaves' quarters--and their lively and loving community she finds there --bring the two closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity" -- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2014]
ISBN: 9781477824757
1477824758
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Ibr
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 21 cm

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Reads_A_Lot
Oct 04, 2017

Story of the tender relationship between the slave Mattie and the child Lisbeth to whom she becomes a wet nurse, nanny, and mother-figure. Takes place pre-Civil War, but mostly stays away from the harsh atrocities of the time. Instead focuses on Mattie and Lisbeth and their respective families as Lisbeth grows into a young woman. I enjoyed this historical fiction and was happy to see there is a sequel coming out this November.

cmlibrary_jesdavis Feb 03, 2017

A beautiful story of a very difficult situation. An honest depiction of life for Blacks in America during this time. I would definitely recommend this book.

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evefacyson
Jan 30, 2017

This was a really balanced novel, well put together. The Writer keep it simple and interesting at the same time. I read the book in one day.....it was a page turner for me. Nicely written! I hope to read more from this writer. I thought she did a nice job on her first novel!

Enjoyed the main character in the first half of the book, but didn't care for the woman who became the focus of the second half. Ending was too unlikely.

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Debbr2
Nov 08, 2016

I couldn't put it down.

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Blabbermouth
Feb 07, 2016

A good read. The story of plantation life, slavery & a relationship between a wet nurse & her white charge.

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savtadina
Jan 31, 2015

This book is fascinating. It tells the story of a relationship of a white child (Lizabeth) and a field slave named Mattie who becomes her wet nurse and house slave. Mattie is forced to leave her 3-month old son to take over care of Lizabeth at her birth. The two form a very close bond, closer than with the child with her own parents. The descrition of the baby's room by Mattie is amazing. Most of the things she has never seen before and realizes that the mirror is like the pond, where she can see her reflection. The description of the scene is quite poignant as are many others. After the birth of Lizabeth's brother, Mattie is to take over care of the new baby and someone else immediately replaces her with Lizabeth, who becomes sick and listless. As she is close to death, the doctor recommends Mattie's return, and the two are closely connected through Lizabeth's younger years. Lizabeth also visits Mattie's family on Sunday afternoons occasionally. The book starts out being told from the point of Mattie but also includes the point of view of the child. The author did a tremendous amount of research and it has been said that it is factually accurate. it is told in simple words but very directly and at times lyrical. At times, especially in the last third of the book, it reads more like a young adult book, but it is definitely a great read for adults too and I strongly recommend it.

dairyqueen Jan 30, 2015

Plantation life and slavery. Wet nurses relationship with white child. Very Satisfying read.

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