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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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A book that explores the unusual bond developed between a girl and her wet nurse before the Civil War. Difficult to read at times because of the prevailing ignorance and treatment of people, but told well from various perspectives. ( )
  poetreegirl | Feb 16, 2015 |
I liked the beginning and ending of this historical fiction set in pre-Civil War Virginia and Ohio more than the middle. Lisbeth as a teenager seemed unbelievably naive. This level of blindness is like the Germans during WW2 saying they didn't know what was happening to the Jews. I guess it stems from a similar psychological need to not see the cruelty that you feel you have little ability to ameliorate. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 13, 2015 |
I enjoyed this story about Mattie the slave and how she grew up in the south and then went by the underground railroad north. While this book may not have been perfect, I liked the story. It shows what boundaries existed between the blacks and the whites. Even when the slaves made it to Ohio, they were still treated differently than the whites. It was better, but no utopia. On the flip side we have Elizabeth who has grown up in the wealthy south as the daughter of a plantation owner and moves to the north with her husband who is pro-abolition. I thought that this was an interesting what if story. I think that it was presented realistically.

This book has mixed reviews and was compared to Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. I haven’t read that one, now I am curious. I really enjoyed this one. I felt that it was well written. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Pattymclpn | Feb 1, 2015 |
Spoiler Alert.

Fiction.

This story takes place in both Virginia and Ohio prior to The Civil War. Mattie, a slave, becomes the wet nurse and caretaker of Elizabeth (Lisbeth). They share a mutual love for one another. Of course, the relationship is unbalanced due to Mattie's status as a slave.
Mattie was moved from the slave quarters to the big house right after her son, Samuel, was born. Her husband was sold to a nearby plantation. She has very little contact with her family.
Mattie escapes with her son through the underground railroad to the free state of Ohio. She meets up with her husband there. She l later meets up with Lisbeth.
This story is intriguing. I think this is a must read. Although the story is fictional, it relates an important part of American history.
  LynnGW | Jan 30, 2015 |
I finished Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim yesterday and it was so unusual in that the first portion was very good and the last part deteriorated badly into shallow, predictable mush. I wonder why I still read self-published debut novels?

I gave it an extra half star because the first section dealing with the black field slave, Maggie, being assigned as wet nurse to the baby Elizabeth was nicely written and interesting. Once Elizabeth grows into a young girl, that portion was over (no spoilers). The succeeding part of the book, right to the end was entirely sophmoric and read like YA. Shallow character development and facile plotline with an unsatisfactory (for me) HEA. ( )
  Zumbanista | Jan 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0984502203, Paperback)

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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