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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And most frightening is the thought that, in the ""stronger, sharper realities"" of Rufus' time, Dana is ""losing my place here in my own time."" At one point Kevin and Dana lose one another (Kevin returns haggard, after five years working to help escaped slaves), but finally Dana, fighting off c...

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I had to read it in in college for a Black Literature course and was completely blown away by how different and modern it was from everything else we were reading.

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Some of the people that came across their paths, such as the freeborn slave girl Alice, and other slaves that worked on the plantation where Rufus lived, learned that Dana and Kevin were from the future.

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