The Root Worker (Hardcover)

By Rainelle Burton

Overlook Press, 9781585671403, 200pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2001



"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.

About the Author

Rainelle Burton studied at Wayne State University. She has organized creative writing projects for public schools in Ohio and Michigan and is currently a representative for the Detroit chapter of the International Women's Writing Guild.