The Wedding Gift
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
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When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen's daughter and Clarissa's sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa's husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once powerful family.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, "The Wedding Gift" is a stunning novel that shows where the complicated and compelling bonds and relationships between women explored in novels like "The Help "and "The Secret Life of Bees "began. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's novel is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th century South that shows where this particular American story and dynamic all started and will leave listeners breathless.
Includes a reading group guide read by the author.
JENNA LAMIA has one countless awards for her narration of such audiobooks as "The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Witness, " and "The Secret Life of Bees".
January Lavoie has narrated the "Sweet Valley Confidential" series for Macmillan Audio, as well as "The Snow Angel" by Glenn Beck and "Dreams of the Dead" by Perri O'Shaughnessy.