Yellow Wife

Yellow Wife

A Novel

Book - 2021 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Born on a plantation but set apart from the others by her mother's position as a medicine woman, a young slave is forced to leave home at eighteen and unexpectedly finds herself in an infamously cruel jail.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2021
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982149109
Branch Call Number: F JOH
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm

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OPL_AmyW Mar 01, 2021

A heart-rending tale of slavery, loss, and perseverance inspired by the real life of Mary Lumpkin, a former slave and wife of one of the most notorious slave prison owners in Richmond, Virginia

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RosaReads2
Feb 23, 2021

As expected, a difficult read due to the nature of the story and time period, but extremely well written and hard to put down. The author wasn't as explicit as I've read in other books detailing the slave trade and that was a blessing. It was still informative and evocative. I did wish for a little more development at the end instead of simply an epistolary epilogue, but it did give the reader a nice wrap-up to several characters and what became of them.

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Reads_A_Lot
Feb 08, 2021

Historical fiction based on the life of Mary Lumpkin, a former slave married to the owner of a Slave Jail. The slave jail was a half acre of land where more than 300,000 slaves were held, bought, beaten and sold from 1844-1865. It was known as the Devil’s Half Acre. The names have been changed in this book and the story follows Pheby (Mary) from her sheltered life on a plantation to her life at the Devil’s Half Acre. There is a lot of ugliness and violence in this book. I never cease to be amazed at how cruel humans can be, but also how strong the human spirit is to survive the cruelty.

debwalker Feb 04, 2021

From the dark world of American slavery.

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brangwinn
Jan 12, 2021

Overall, this was an unflinching account of a woman’s determination as she faced her life in slavery. Pheby, the mixed-race daughter of her master, is sent to a jail where she is forced to become the bedmate of the jailer. The man she loved, Essex, managed to escape slavery and when recaptured Pheby is determined to rescue Essex and the son she shares with Essex. While parts of the book seem a tad overdone, the story is a good one.

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