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A mother and daughter with a shared talent for healing and for the conjuring of curses are at the heart of this dazzling first novel Conjure Women is a sweeping story that brings the world of the South before and after the Civil War vividly to life Spanning eras and generations, it tells of the lives of three unforgettable women Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother s footsteps as a midwife and their master s daughter Varina The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, who sets the townspeople alight with fear and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedomMagnificently written, brilliantly researched, richly imagined, Conjure Women moves back and forth in time to tell the haunting story of Rue, Varina, and May Belle, their passions and friendships, and the lengths they will go to save themselves and those they love I finished this book yesterday, but I wanted to wait a day before I left a review I wanted to see if I would continue to think about this book and or let the book stew and simmer in my mind before I articulated my thoughts about this debut novel, Conjure Women, from Afia Atakora I am still uncertain about what to say about this book To be honest, it was not a remarkable read for me Given the title, I was first intrigued because I figured this book had to do with some magic , vodun, healing, I finished this book yesterday, but I wanted to wait a day before I left a review I wanted to see if I would continue to think about this book and or let the book stew and simmer in my mind before I articulated my thoughts about this debut novel, Conjure Women, from Afia Atakora I am still uncertain about what to say about this book To be honest, it was not a remarkable read for me Given the title, I was first intrigued because I figured this book had to do with some magic , vodun, healing, and conjuring However, theI read, the less and less it was about what I thought of as conjuring, butof a complex host of situations that was happening in this non sequential history of slavery before, during, and after the Civil War Conjure Women, follows the life of Miss Rue, who is the daughter of a conjurer Miss May Belle, her mama, has learned the art of hoodooing, and there is where Miss Rue has learned her lessons of conjuring A skittish and stay out the way child, Miss Rue grows up with the lessons of conjuring from her mama, and we learn how Miss Rue grows up and comes of age within the boundaries of slavery and how she lives a life post slavery This book was both anti climatic but engaging at the same time, and I was keen on seeing this novel all the way through I may have the unpopular opinion about this novel, as I really didn t like the way the story unfolded The points of views changed constantly, the voice changed back and forth from 2nd to 3rd , and the story dragged on endlessly I thought this book had to do with the generations of conjure women in Rue s family, but itso dealt how Rue handled life, the consequences of slavery pre and post Civil War, and how she used conjuring to protect her ideas of life, liberty, and happiness I also believe that Rue was institutionalized regarding slavery She was free post Civil War , but saw freedom as useless, and didn t want to leave her plantation Freedom seemed to them to be as useless as the currency of a nation that didn t exist any There was so much going on in this book to deal with white women lying on black men Black men being punished killed for white lies Black people trying to take control of the little they had by protecting it, through conjuring Dealing with freedom Learning how to deal with the devastation plunder of black bodies under slavery Passing for white Being enslaved Secrets I mean the list can go on and on To be honest, I was very confused and disenchanted by this book about half way through, but I wanted to continue to get to the end to find out what was going to happen to Rue, Bean, Varina, Ma Doe, Miss May Belle, Bruh Abel, Jonah, and Sarah Some backstories were not elaborated on, and left out some facts that I felt were pertinent to the story Overall, was it a worthy read Yes I think this book will invoke some good discussions, especially around the institution of slavery and freedom, protecting what s yours by any means necessary, and what white people s entitlement means for black lives For me though, I would rate this book a 3 I just wasn t that impressed with the overall package this book brought, and I was hoping forthat just didn t come to fruition Thank you to Net Galley, Afia Atakora and Random House for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review self care do you perhaps mean adding books with gorgeous covers to your TBR list My first five star book of the year and a first novel to boot Many years back I read a book, The Healing, that made a huge impression and a book I have never forgotten This is another book that I would place in that class, another never to be forgotten story.With nary a misstep in plot, tone or character develop, Atakora takes us to a slave holding plantation in the South The book covers the period before the Civil War and after What makes this book so special is that I didn t feel like an o My first five star book of the year and a first novel to boot Many years back I read a book, The Healing, that made a huge impression and a book I have never forgotten This is another book that I would place in that class, another never to be forgotten story.With nary a misstep in plot, tone or character develop, Atakora takes us to a slave holding plantation in the South The book covers the period before the Civil War and after What makes this book so special is that I didn t feel like an observer but was drawn into the story, feeling as if I were a part of what was going to happen.The story follows a slave conjuring woman and her daughter Rue, which is also my granddaughters name and the last mistress of the house Verita After the war, the slaves stay on at the plantation, now ownerless, and their lives take many twists and turns Their lives during slavery was often beyond terrible and after, the freedom they have still enactes a high cost So many things happen in this book, the details, descriptions are incredible, all serve to make this a compulsive read Definitely will go on my favorites shelf, and it will take a strong contender to displace this for my favorite of the year.The ending, though surprising, was just about perfect.ARC from Edelweiss Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestCONJURE WOMEN is like if John Steinbeck sat down and wrote about the Black experience during the Civil War It s just as epic in scope and the author, Afia Atakora, does a really good job showing people at their best and at their worst in the microcosm of plantation life I was so impressed by the depth and complexity of all the characters, especially the two main characters, Rue and May Belle, who are the healing women on the plantation Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestCONJURE WOMEN is like if John Steinbeck sat down and wrote about the Black experience during the Civil War It s just as epic in scope and the author, Afia Atakora, does a really good job showing people at their best and at their worst in the microcosm of plantation life I was so impressed by the depth and complexity of all the characters, especially the two main characters, Rue and May Belle, who are the healing women on the plantation and sometimes due hideously cruel things when their own selfishness and desperation to survive overrides their mission to do no harm.The novel is told in pieces The wartime parts are narrated by May Belle, a respected woman on the plantation who delivers the babies and does all the healing Her position is thrown into flux, though, as her daughter slowly comes of age and with her, the daughter of the plantation, Varina Brought up in relative shelter from the crueler machinations of the plantation, Rue has grown up blind to what white people are capable of That blind eye has some glaring repercussions for Rue and her mother.The second piece of the novel is narrated after the war Rue has now taken over her mother s duties, but she lacks her mother s warmth and her people regard her with suspicion and fear, especially when a mysterious plague starts to afflict the children, causing them to sicken and die Rue s foothold of power and respect is then thrown into question when a preacher named Abel comes and his biblical variety of salvation provesimminently consumable and palatable than her own.I loved this book so much In addition to the Steinbeck comparison for its simple but elegant brutality of the written word, I would say that this book also reminded me a lot of Octavia Butler s KINDRED It s one of thenuanced books of the Civil War era South I have ever read There are some scenes towards the end that are very hard to read, including torture and rape, but it s never too graphic, isn t lingered on, and is crucial to the story Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4 to 4.5 stars