When Sarah Grimke is given Hetty, aka Handful, as her personal slave on her 11th birthday, she begins her lifelong journey towards freedom for both Handful and herself. Spanning the years 1803 to 1838, the reader is swept along on Sarah's journey to abolish slavery and find intellectual and economic freedom for herself. This novel, based on historical records, details the laws and methods used to control the slave economy in the South while also fighting the growing abolitionist movement in the North. This is a mesmerizing read that details our not so glorious past that still has repercussions in today's divided America. The novel is the October 2017 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

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