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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

  • “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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