Thorndike Press

Conjure Women

  • Afia Atakora
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  • ISBN-10: 1432880225
  • ISBN-13: 9781432880224
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 598 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020

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Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Spanning eras and generations, this is the story of three unforgettable women: Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina. The secrets and bonds among these women and their community come to a head at the beginning of a war and at the birth of an accursed child, and a spreading superstition that threatens their newly won, tenuous freedom.


Customer Reviews

“Deftly interwoven and emotionally involving . . . Atakora effectively handles the before-during-and-after structure, enriching her story. . . . Highly recommended.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“Atakora paces her novel beautifully, slowly unwinding the plot in unexpected ways as she examines a relatively unexplored aspect of American history.”

— BookPage (starred)

“[An] affecting story.”

— Newsweek

“A wry, engaging debut.”

— People Magazine