Alright party people, what did you think? I won’t do a synopsis of the book, because we all read it. Right? Right.
A few of my thoughts:
Prior to reading the book, I read a synopsis of it which described the women as “mistresses.” I take issue with that as I’ve always believed a mistress had say into whether or not they entered/stayed in a relationship. These were slaves who were at the beck and call of their masters. Mistress almost has a romantic feel to it.
I enjoyed the book. Well, as much as one can enjoy a book about slave women who were used sexually by their owners. I thought it was really well written and once I started reading it, I rarely put it down. Though I know this was a work of fiction, it was hard for me to read it as such and I found myself getting caught up in the “lives” of Lizzie, Mawu, Reenie and Sweet. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to read an e-reader at one’s desk. Or so I’ve heard…
The word “love” was bandied about pretty frequently. I’m not so sure that I would describe these relationships as “love” though I won’t deny that some measure of affection was present on both sides. And then I recall what happened when Mawu tried to run and both love and affection were taken off the table.
And when Sweet’s children died and all she could do was bury clothes that represented her babies? Oh my. My heart was in my throat.
Okay, I’m going to stop here. I could go on and on, but I’ll rein myself in. What did you think of the book? Did you like it? Hate it? Indifferent? Did you care for the ending? (I did not!) Do you think the women and their masters had a degree of love for one another? Why do you think Lizzie turned Mawu in? Why didn’t Lizzie run? Do you wonder (I do) if you would have run or stayed had you been born a slave? Do you find books with unpleasant subject matter hard to read? I know a number of people had issue with the subject matter and for that reason couldn’t read the book. Oh wait, I said I’d stop. So I will.
Discuss in the comments…
Wait! Before you go, two things. 1. Does anybody want to “host” the next book club? 2. If no one wants to host, I’m glad to. Any suggestions for what we read next?
Okay, now, discuss in the comments…