Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coming Soon: My Review of Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

About Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays The Kenyon Review, African American Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright Newsletter, and SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination. She is a 2009 finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Award. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dolen splits her time between Seattle and Washington, DC. She is a faculty member of the University of Puget Sound where she teaches Creative Writing. Wench is her first book of fiction. You can visit Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s website at, her blog at or connect with her on Twitter at

About Wench

Situated in the free state of Ohio, Tawawa House offers respite from the summer heat. A beautiful, inviting house surrounded by a dozen private cottages, the resort is favored by wealthy Southern white men who vacation there, accompanied by their enslaved mistresses.

Regular visitors Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet have forged an enduring friendship. They look forward to their annual reunion and the opportunity it affords them to talk over the changes in their lives and their respective plantations. The subject of freedom is never spoken aloud until the red-maned, spirited Mawu arrives and voices her determination to escape. To run is to leave behind the friends and families trapped at home. For some, it also means tearing the strong emotional and psychological ties that bind them to their masters.

When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet soon learn tragic lessons, that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the cruelest circumstances as they bear witness to the end of an era.

Wench Tour Schedule through Pump Up Your Book!

Monday, January 4
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, January 5
Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Wednesday, January 6
Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, January 7
Spotlighted at The Hot Author Report
Interviewed at American Chronicle

Friday, January 8
Book spotlighted at Jen’s Bookshelves
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Monday, January 11
Interviewed at Personovelty

Tuesday, January 12
Interviewed at Working Writers

Wednesday, January 13
Book reviewed at Must Read Faster

Thursday, January 14
Guest blogging at Paperback Writer

Friday, January 15
Book reviewed at Gothic Asylum Reviews

Monday, January 18
Book reviewed at Paranormal Book Lovers

Tuesday, January 19
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Book reviewed at Rundpinne

Wednesday, January 20
Book reviewed at A Few More Pages

Thursday, January 21
Interviewed and book giveaway at The Writer’s Life

Friday, January 22
Book reviewed at The Bibliophile Book Blog

Monday, January 25
Interview l Chat l Book Giveaway at Pump Up Your Book
Book reviewed at Jen’s Bookshelves

Tuesday, January 26
Book reviewed or guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Wednesday, January 27
Book reviewed or guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Thursday, January 28
Book reviewed at Down Under Views

Friday, January 29
Book reviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Interviewed on Kim Smith’s Introducing Writers! Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio

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