Title, author, copyright date, and genre?
Property ~ by Valerie Martin, 2003, winner of the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction
Summarize the book without giving away the ending
Jill summarizes the book quite nicely as "a fantastic look at antebellum slave-holding and marriage and its effect on the people living in this immoral system."
What did you think of the main character?
Although I don't think I'd enjoy her company, the author made me understand her in a way that made me sympathetic about her thinking; she was caught in a situation she hated.
From whose point of view is the story told?
Manon, the woman who's a slaveholder, even as she is trapped herself in a loveless marriage to a man she despises.
Share something from the book.
"Your uncle cautions you that Sarah may be very different when she returns," my aunt said. "She has passed as a free woman, and that experience is generally deleterious to a negro's character."Did you like the way the book ended?
"She has done more than that," I observed. "She has tasted a freedom you and I will never know."
My aunt looked perplexed. "What is that?" she said.
"She has traveled about the country as a free white man."
I would have liked for the characters to have grown a bit more, but to satisfy me would have required that they jump from the mid-nineteenth-century into the twenty-first-century thinking. Obviously, that can't happen.
What do you think will be your lasting impression of this book?
Two women trapped in a world not of their making, each trying desperately to survive and thrive.
How would you rate this book?
Rated: 10/10, couldn't put it down