Incidents In The Life of A Girl: The Unattainable Mulatto

Incidents In The Life of A Girl: The Unattainable Mulatto

by Mr. Lamont Tanksley Sr.

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Overview

Winner of the Charlotte Press 2014 Revisionist Writer Award and a 2014 Pitch Perfect Pick from Underground Book Reviews.

Constantly begged for her submission by a master "who asks for what he could take," a lesbian mulatto slave desperately leaps further down the rabbit hole of her awakening womanhood. Dare she, by books end, totally turn the tables?

Linda blossoms into womanhood in the hypocritical town of Asheville, North Carolina in the 1850's under her master's lustful eye and her grandmother's loving care. Infatuated by her fair skin and the enduring beautiful black features of her maturing body, Dr. Flint begins pressuring her sexually. His jealous wife wishes to see her dead after assuming Linda is pregnant with her husband's child and a physical fight where she is bested by Linda.

One might assume that Shades of Grey has submitted to 12 Years a Slave in this novel about faith, family, and the incidents of a young girl finding herself while seeking freedom. Filled with captivating characters and text, this book is not the tale your mother read.

Revised from Harriet Jacobs' original 1861 autobiography, 'Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl'; Tanksley creates a substantially differing tale that reads like left out portions of the original text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501048616
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Lamont Tanksley Sr. is a retired military service member. He continues to serve his country and fellow veterans by working with vets as an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Seattle, WA working in mental health with veterans suffering from PTSD.
He is a native of Detroit, MI now living in Bremerton, WA. He is the father of four, a brother to fourteen brothers and sisters, and an uncle, cousin, and nephew to countless loved family members. His love for words extends to creating poetry, short stories, original works, and revising old text from the Public Domain.

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Incidents In The Life of A Girl: The Unattainable Mulatto 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I was given this book 3 weeks before I started it. The author is a friend of a friend - my friend gave it to me as a retirement gift. How sweet . . . a signed book from a local author. Three weeks later, on a Friday night, during a windstorm I started reading it when the power went out. On Sunday I called my friend and asked if the author has written anything else. Wow. This book is not something I've read before. I don't think it's anything someone else has read before! I'm glad the book isn't about slavery, or rape, or preachy. It is, like my friend said, about a girl . . . who is a slave, a lesbian, and half black. I really don't know much about Mulattos though the author describes it. There is some great history in this book too!! Who knew I'd find out when condoms were invented in the middle of a fascinating book of fiction. I don't want to say much. But I learned a lot, I cried, I was angry, and uplifted, ashamed, bewildered, excited, and got dang it I want to know what happens next. Amazingly, this book was revised from an autobiography. That astonishes me. It simply astonishes me. And it embarrasses me that I never heard of it. And I love that this book was written fictionally so I could enjoy it and now am reading the original story of Harriet Jacobs. It's totally different. Totally different. But it'll do to find out about the original Harriet / Linda while I wait for part two of the fictional Linda. If you are looking for a good book that somehow sucks you in and lightens the load of our heavy history, this is wonderful. If you like history, fiction, and adventure, I think you will really enjoy this book. I normally read romance novels, and now I know I can find other types of books just or more exciting and touching.
Laura-M More than 1 year ago
Tanksley delivers us a new story to fill the void of diverse African American literature. The book starts off slow and I almost stopped. Yes the protagonist is a slave. Yes the protagonist is a mulatto. Yes she is the object of her master’s sexual desires. I thought, another one of these!! But these themes are dealt with in new and exciting ways. I usually need something to get me 10 pages in. His didn't start until page 9. I almost gave up. I was excited when I finally got to 13. The rest of the book went fast. Slavery is, but isn't, the overriding theme of the story. The story covers the childhood of Linda Jacobs, who discovers she is a slave and a lesbian. Most of the book revolves around her teenage years. The story is told in her voice. Instead of a story of her desire to escape freedom, it revolves around the plight of being a young desirable girl, who is a slave and a lesbian, who wishes to escape the issues if no the reality of being a slave. Amazing character detail!! Tanksley blends great depth and description in his writing and takes us directly into the experiences of his characters. His story invites you to share in their lives and experiences without doting on the usual plot line depicting the plight of black men and women. His story is fresh!! The story is believable and he gives your “mind’s eye” a vivid brush with which to paint it as you read. The story comes to life and you enjoy every moment of it. There is a lot of history in this work of fiction that teaches you, caresses your heart strings, and entertains. I would have never guessed the plot or the ending. He knows how to make you want more. There is supposed to be a part two . . . I am waiting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Mr. Tanksley. I was given this book by the author while in the airport in Denver Colorada. I had just finished reading "Gone Girl." Holy cow, what a follow up. I'm not a professional reviewer, so I do know I really like the book. The book is about a slave girl named Linda in Carolina in the 1800's. Despite the ugliness of slavery, Tanksley paints a very vivid picture of a pretty town called Asheville. I love southern plantations and could see the homes he described. I wish the women's clothing were described more. The plot is soo interesting. The main character and her family go through so much. You really root for them, though I don't think you ever pity them. There is so much to talk about in the book and I don't want to give it away. I guess the ending is a twist. I know I said, "wow, what the Hell!" Two days after I read it, I was thinking about the main character and said, "you go girl!" Anyway, it was really a beautiful thing for him to give me a copy for free when he saw me put my book away. I read it for free because he gave it to me. Today I bought a copy because I really really like it. I would definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lamont is a local author who gave our book club 18 loaner books to review and discuss. The book club really enjoyed it and invited him to speak. What I enjoyed most was his character creation. When asked about characters, I knew he was a psychologist and gave that area careful creation - which I found amazing for a revision of an existing work. He said he doesn't want to give the characters too much or too little or the characters belong only to him or no one, but the intent is for him to "make space" for the reader to be able to add his / her own biases, experiences, history, and own opinions. He was so right. I read this book and I know I added to and from the Linda in his story. This book adds great diversity and distinction to historical, African-American, and women's fiction. He made space for me to connect with the characters in his book, to make them my own. After his talk with the group, I purchased my loaner book and have made space for it on my shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more than I thought it would be. It's not about slavery, or lesbians, or black people. It's a human story. We need more of these. We need a lot more of these. Love the history as well.