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From the PublisherPaule Marshall For her debut as a fiction writer, Helen Elaine Lee has written a tour de force of a novel about two African-American families whose lives, loves, struggles, and joys span an entire century. The Serpent's Gift is an ambitious saga, written with the skill of someone born to the art of storytelling.
Thulani Davis Readers will welcome this brilliant new voice who comes into full bloom in her first novel. The carefully drawn images and richly explored emotions linger long after you close The Serpent's Gift.
Reynolds Price Helen Elaine Lee's The Serpent's Gift is packed with interesting lives, all generously observed and weighed through their long entwined decades. The richness and breadth of her attention and the fair depth of her sympathy would be exemplary in a writer's tenth or twelfth book; coming as they do in a first novel, they constitute a genuine wonder.