Dessa Rose

Dessa Rose

by Sherley Anne Williams, Ruby Dee (Read by)
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Dessa Rose by Sherley Anne Williams, Ruby Dee

This acclaimed historical novel is based on two actual incidents: In 1829 in Kentucky, a pregnant black woman helped lead an uprising of a group of slaves headed to the market for sale. She was sentenced to death, but her hanging was delayed until after the birth of her baby. In North Carolina in 1830, a white woman living on an isolated farm was reported to have given sanctuary to runaway slaves. In Dessa Rose, the author asks the question: "What if these two women met?"

From there the story unfolds: two strong women, one black, one white, form a forbidden and ambivalent alliance; a bold scheme is hatched to win freedom; trust is slowly extended and cautiously accepted as the two women unite and discover greater strength together than alone. United by fate but divided by prejudice, these two women are locked in a thrilling battle for freedom, sisterhood, friendship, and love.This acclaimed historical novel is based on two actual incidents: In 1829 in Kentucky, a pregnant black woman helped lead an uprising of a group of slaves headed to the market for sale. She was sentenced to death, but her hanging was delayed until after the birth of her baby. In North Carolina in 1830, a white woman living on an isolated farm was reported to have given sanctuary to runaway slaves. In Dessa Rose, the author asks the question: "What if these two women met?"

From there the story unfolds: two strong women, one black, one white, form a forbidden and ambivalent alliance; a bold scheme is hatched to win freedom; trust is slowly extended and cautiously accepted as the two women unite and discover greater strength together than alone. United by fate butdivided by prejudice, these two women are locked in a thrilling battle for freedom, sisterhood, friendship, and love.

Author Biography: Sherley Anne Williams is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections, plays, and short stories. She was a National Book Award nominee for her first book of poetry, The Peacock Poems, and received a Caldecott Honor for Working Cotton, her first work for children. A professor of Literature at the University of California at San Diego, she frequently lectures and speaks nationwide. She lives in San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578151486
Publisher: Media Books, L. L. C.
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 7.09(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Sherley Anne Williams (1944-1999) was a novelist, literary critic, an award-winning poet, and the author of short stories and several works for children. Williams's first collection of poetry, The Peacock Poems, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her first work for children, Working Cotton, was a Caldecott Honor recipient. Williams was a longtime professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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Dessa Rose 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will be an uncomfortable read for many. It deals with issues of power, control and cruelty. It also speaks to the spirits of survival and hope within Dessa Rose. Anyone who reads this book should rekindle a spark of compassion within themselves. I felt it was a very descriptive and visual book. The images projected will stay with me a long time. If you are brave enough, immerse yourself in this story and visualize the events. Travel Dessa's road with her.
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ornatist More than 1 year ago
A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago