Kindred

Kindred

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given...

Title:Kindred
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780807083697
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    Kindred Reviews

  • Rick Riordan

    After reading Parable of the Sower, I had to go right out and buy Butler’s most famous novel Kindred. I was not disappointed. It is amazing that this book was written in 1976 and feels just as fresh...

  • Emily May

    “The ease. Us, the children… I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.” Butler is an author that constantly pops up on "Best sci-fi" and "Must-Read African Americ...

  • Lyn

    Octavia Butler is an amazing writer. If you enjoy reading SF/F, or even an interest in speculative fiction, you would like her work.Kindred, first published in 1979, would become her most best-selling...

  • Adina

    DNF at 50% (with some skipping) What came first, the egg or the chicken? What came first, the badly written book or the reading slump? Hard questions to answer but one thing is certain. It definitely ...

  • carol.

    Octavia Butler amazes me. She writes science fiction that is full of complicated ideas about race and sexuality that are completely readable. I’ll innocently start reading, thinking only to get a so...

  • M?

    On October 5, 2004, Octavia E. Butler visited my graduate university to give a lecture and book signing. I was really impressed by her. She actually spent several hours at the university, giving a pub...

  • Cecily

    “I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery.” I wanted to love this book. I knew the slave narrative might be harrowing (though it’s not overly graphic), but it has an...

  • Apatt

    I had no idea what Kindred is about prior to reading it, I previously read Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and thought it was marvelous, and Kindred seems to be her most popular work judging by Goodreads r...

  • Justin Tate

    A unique look at slave-era America thanks to a time-traveling twist. Should be shelved with the classics. Riveting from the first page and doesn’t let up.I’m always a fan of throwing in a little s...

  • Miranda Reads

    4.5 stars New month, New Booktube Reading Vlog - tier-listing all the books read in July! The Written Review “Better to stay alive," I said. "At least while there's a chance to get free." D...