In the hot summer of 1847, pregnant slave Dessa Rose sits in a white man's cellar awaiting the birth of her child so she can be hanged. Rescued by runaways, she is spirited to a run-down plantation where, through hatred and suspicion, a friendship is forged with abandoned ex-debutante Miss Rufel.In the hot summer of 1847, pregnant slave Dessa Rose sits in a white man's cellar awaiting the birth of her child so she can be hanged. Rescued by runaways, she is spirited to a run-down plantation where, through hatred and suspicion, a friendship is forged with abandoned ex-debutante Miss Rufel.Read Less
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Dessa Rose is an awesome novel that speaks to the feminst/womanist inside of every women sensitive to and or suffering from gender violence. Yet in the midst of savery, imprisonment, pregancy, and homelessness, Dessa Rose triumphs, and is able to transcend her circumstances and release a powerful sense of love, dignity and the ability to not only survive but love herself, Kaine, her community, her god, and the ability to rise above her circumstanced. Moreover, Dessa Rose, as an authentic model of true feminism, and womanism in the face of adverstiy. Dessa Rose stands in soladarity with Ruth, a white women who in many ways is privildege, but at the same time suffers from the throes of domestic violence, and misogny. Depite slavery's posture to draw clear color lines Dessa Rose, and Ruth find common ground, and offer each other mutual respect, love and support. This novel is a testiment to women of color and white women around the world to join their voices and forces together in the fight against misogny, and all forms of violence agaisnt women..
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