The Root Worker

By Rainelle Burton
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585671403, 200pp.)

Publication Date: May 2001

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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"The Root Worker" is the riveting debut story of Ellen, an 11-year-old African-American girl growing up in Detroit in the 1960s. In her threatening environment, most of all she fears the Root Worker, a voodoo priestess who has Ellen's mother under sway and who ruthlessly torments Ellen in an effort to find a "cure" for her wickedness.

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