The Wedding Gift (Hardcover)

By Marlen Suyapa Bodden

Thorndike Press, 9781410464927, 499pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/23/2013)
Paperback (3/31/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (1/1/2015)
CD-Audio (9/24/2013)
Hardcover (9/24/2013)
Paperback (12/1/2009)

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When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah--her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not a proper southern belle she appears to be with ambitions of loving who she chooses and Sarah equally hides behind the facade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden's "The Wedding Gift" is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.

About the Author

MARLEN SUYAPA BODDEN is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest law firm for the poor, in New York City. She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write "The Wedding Gift," her first novel.