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Yellow Crocus: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Laila Ibrahim

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Title:Yellow Crocus: A Novel
Authors:Laila Ibrahim
Info:Flaming Chalice Press (2010), Paperback, 238 pages
Collections:Your library, E-book
Rating:****
Tags:NetGalley, historical fiction, slavery

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Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

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    The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (susiesharp)
    susiesharp: this is also a tale of the south and slavery but this one is not as depressing as The Kitchen House but has a similar feel.
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Knock on the door of any southern plantation and step inside to a different era, a time when women were living a genteel, restricted life, men ruled the roost and slaves were items to be bought and sold. This is such a story but with oh so much more to it....Mattie and Lisbeth bring new meaning to the ideas of friendship and family. Trust and tradition.
Yes there is talk of births but i found it to be interesting and informative. I'd also like to say that this would be great reading for ANY age group teen on up! ( )
  linda.marsheells | May 29, 2016 |
Most times when reading historical fictions that focus on slavery, it is especially difficult to get through. Sometimes it's romanticized, other times made to feel as if it were no big deal. Another thing is when the author is not African American. This story is told through the eyes of Mattie (wet-nurse) and Lisbeth (her charge). The backbone of the African families is displayed as, Mattie's own child was left in the care of others as she attended to the care of Elizabeth. It is juxtaposed with the needs placed on the people in the 'big house'. Lisbeth's close ties to Mattie and her family raise her awareness of the inequality suffered by the slaves and as the book advances, it impacts the choices she makes. This book didn't contain the explicit graphic nature usually displayed in stories of this nature. It pulls at the heart-strings and is well-written for a first-time author.
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  MidnightRed | Mar 10, 2016 |
"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."

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A must read. The author tells a vividly realistic story about a very dark time in America's history. Mattie is a young slave and a new mother. Having given birth to her son three short months ago, she's forced to leave the slave quarters, trusting others to care for him while she moves into the main house to serve as a wet nurse for the mistress's newborn daughter. Very rarely have I cried during a first chapter, but this one got to me. Being a mother myself, I couldn't imagine how painful it would've been for Mattie.

The relationship that develops between Mattie and Lisbeth is fascinating, changing the course of both their lives over the years. Despite many heart wrenching moments, this book does have a happy ending, even though some aspects are bittersweet. It's a story that will stay with me for a long time to come. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
Lisbeth is nurtured by her wetnurse nanny, Mattie, throughout her chldhood on a plantation in Virginia. Her mother is emotionally remote and her grandmother extremely strict. Mattie provides the only emotional support and connection that poor Lisbeth receives.

The book is okay and the writing serviceable. There were a few spelling errors which jumped out at me. Generally the plot line and characters seemed predictable and formulaic. An easy read which attempts to tug at the heartstrings. It iseems more suitable for the 16 - 21 age group.
3.5 stars ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
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  EmilyD1037 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Moments after her birth to the mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse. From then on, Mattie serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother, nursing her, singing her to sleep, and soothing her in the night. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears Mattie away from her own baby, Samuel, who lives in the slave quarters. Growing up under Mattie's tender care, Lisbeth adopts her traditions of prayer, singing, eating black-eyed peas, and hunting for yellow crocuses in the spring. As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn back into the white world, earning a growing awareness of the inequality of her and Mattie's stations. She struggles to reconcile her love for Mattie with her parents' expectations for her future, intent on keeping the best of both worlds-until a terrible betrayal forces her to choose once and for all. Yellow Crocus is a compelling novel of love, loss, and redemption set during one of the most sinister chapters of American history.

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"Moments after her birth to the mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse. From then on, Mattie serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother, nursing her, singing her to sleep, and soothing her in the night. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears Mattie away from her own baby, Samuel, who lives in the slave quarters. Growing up under Mattie's tender care, Lisbeth adopts her traditions of prayer, singing, eating black-eyed peas, and hunting yellow crocuses in the spring. As the years pass and Lisbeth is drawn back into the white world, she slowly becomes aware of the inequality of her and Mattie's stations. She struggles to reconcile her love for Mattie with her parents' expectations for her future, intent on keeping the best of both worlds--until a terrible betrayal forces her to choose once and for all."--back cover.… (more)

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