Kindred by Octavia Butler
By SMW Staff
Octavia Butler is mainly known as a science fiction writer having penned the “Patternmaster” series prior to Kindred. Published in 1979, Kindred, Butler’s fourth novel, has gained a much wider audience. Kindred contains many of the issues Butler favors: abuse of power, gender roles, and racial conflict.
In Kindred, Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stays grow longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Here’s what SMW’s Book Bloggers are saying about Kindred:
You won’t be disappointed in this simply written yet powerfully moving novel that made Butler known for creating science fiction with a heart–full of the complexities of human relationships and that most mysterious being–our heart. — Shawndra Russell
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