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The Wedding Gift

Marlen Suyapa Bodden

When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen's daughter and Clarissa's sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa's husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once powerful family. Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, The Wedding Gift is a stunning novel that shows where the complicated and compelling bonds and relationships between women explored in novels like The Help and The Secret Life of Bees began. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's novel is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th century South that shows where this particular American story and dynamic all started and will leave listeners breathless. Includes a reading group guide read by the author

When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen's daughter and Clarissa's sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa's husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once powerful family. Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, The Wedding Gift is a stunning novel that shows where the complicated and compelling bonds and relationships between women explored in novels like The Help and The Secret Life of Bees began. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's novel is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th century South that shows where this particular American story and dynamic all started and will leave listeners breathless. Includes a reading group guide read by the author
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When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen's daughter and Clarissa's sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa's husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once powerful family. Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, The Wedding Gift is a stunning novel that shows where the complicated and compelling bonds and relationships between women explored in novels like The Help and The Secret Life of Bees began. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's novel is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th century South that shows where this particular American story and dynamic all started and will leave listeners breathless. Includes a reading group guide read by the author

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

59:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

47:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

34:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

32:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

31:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

36:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:46