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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marlen Suyapa Bodden, Leisa Rayven Narrator: Andi Arndt, Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781427232984
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When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister.  Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not a proper southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving who she chooses, and Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If I were you, I wouldn’t make any plans for the rest of the day.  You have in your hands a story of the tangled motives and self-destructive passions when whites and blacks became this close during the time of slavery—all told at a pell mell pace.”

    Tom Wolfe, New York Times bestselling author of Back to Blood

  • “If I were you, I wouldn't make any plans for the rest of the day. You have in your hands a story of the tangled motives and self-destructive passions when whites and blacks became this close during the time of slavery--all told at a pell mell pace. Tom Wolfe, New York Times bestselling and Award-winning author of Back to Blood

  • Bodden wraps some of the most complex issues facing the world today, slavery, racism, misogyny, and violence in an unflinching tall tale about an American family that is black and white. This compelling and fierce historical novel, where the slave master gives his white daughter his black daughter as a wedding gift, is set in the big house of a wealthy plantation before the Civil War and is based on a court case from the 1840s in Talladega, Alabama. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Fascinating, intriguing--a great story! Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
  • The WEDDING GIFT is powerful and absorbing. Ms. Bodden's story-telling skills are on fine display in this intricately-plotted novel as she unflinchingly transports the reader to the most tragic, brutal time in the country's past. The characters are exceptionally well-rendered; the sense of who they are lingers beyond the last page. The author astutely captures the complexities of the relationships--especially between the enslaved black women and the oppressed white women. Also masterfully captured here is the boundless quest to live fully free. Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of Tumbling
  • The strength of the novel is its slave narrative tone and its ability to demonstrate the pain of being owned by another human being. Many have heard of slavery; few know this story. It's too important to overlook. Daniel Black, author of Twelve Gates to the City

  • “Fascinating, intriguing—a great story!”

    Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

  • “[A] compelling and fierce historical novel.”

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of Loose Cannons

  • “The author astutely captures the complexities of the relationships—especially between the enslaved black women and the oppressed white women. Also masterfully captured here is the boundless quest to live fully free.”

    Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of Tumbling

  • “The strength of the novel is its slave narrative tone and its ability to demonstrate the pain of being owned by another human being. Many have heard of slavery; few know this story. It’s too important to overlook.”

    Daniel Black, author of Twelve Gates to the City

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About the Author

Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at the Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest law firm for the poor. She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University. In 2012, the University of Rhode Island awarded her an honorary doctor of laws degree.

About the Narrators

Andi Arndt is a professional voice actor whose bright, clear voice has entranced listeners. Her audiobook credits include several books by Debbie Macomber, Tom Perrotta’s Nine Inches, Risa Green’s Projection, and many more.

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

January LaVoy, winner of eleven Earphones Awards for narration, is an American actress best known for her character Noelle Ortiz on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In addition to working extensively in narration and television, including roles on Law & Order and All My Children, she has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theater.