This book begins in the hospital, as Diane is trying to convince the police that her boyfriend is not responsible for her horrific injuries. They do finally believe her, in part because there is no way he could have enmeshed her arm into a wall. Dana Franklin, a black woman writer, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday in 1976 when she is snatched from her Southern California home and transported to the bank of a river in the antebellum South where she saves the life of a young … more
The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies
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 again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana"s life will end, long before it has even begun.
"In Kindred Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible, and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be." —Walter Mosley
"[Kindred] is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery and racial dilemmas, then and now." —Los Angeles Herald Examiner
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