Kindred by Octavia Butler
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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 to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
 

About Octavia Butler

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Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Wild Seed, andParable of the Sower. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Nebula Award, and she twice won the Hugo Award.
 
Published February 1, 2004 by Beacon Press. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, History. Fiction

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Butler is one of those accomplished science-fiction writers (Mind of My Mind, Survivor) who tap out their tales so fast and fine and clear that it's impossible to stop reading at any point.

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The Bookbag

Octavia was sending Dana back to an extreme example of a racist society so that we see the absurdity and cruelty of enforced second class citizenship.

Nov 12 2014 | Read Full Review of Kindred (Bluestreak)

Pajiba

Butler manages to not just present or explore an often silently accepted splotch on our American history, but to live it, to battle it and to grudgingly appreciate parts of it.

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Kindred (Bluestreak)

Slate

Dana’s time-traveling is connected to Rufus Weylin, a distant ancestor of hers who was the son of a plantation owner and bore children with a slave.* Every time Dana is called back to the past, it’s because Rufus needs her, whether because of a near-drowning at the age of 5 or a fight in his 20s.

Jan 12 2017 | Read Full Review of Kindred (Bluestreak)

Fantasy Literature

Instead, she tackles a much more difficult subject: the strange and twisted relationship between white slave owners and their black slaves, one in which cruelty, oppression, and dehumanization are mixed with paternalism, religious condescension, and White Man’s Burden.

Feb 05 2016 | Read Full Review of Kindred (Bluestreak)

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