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This was published in 1979 and is the story of Dana, a 26 year old African-American novelist living in California who finds herself repeatedly dragged back in time to the early 19th century and a Maryland plantation.  She has a strange link to the plantation owner's son, and as her stays in the past become longer and longer she becomes more and more involved with the slaves and has to make some hard decisions, some of them morally dubious, especially to modern eyes.

 

I read this about 3 months ago and still find it very hard to write my thoughts because it affected me so deeply. I think one reason is because the slaves in the book have a degree of resilience and endurance that is practically inconceivable to us today and it makes some of the things they have to put up with even more heart-rending.

 

It isn't a perfect book but it's absolutely brilliant.

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