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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Read this: Virginia professor explores slave-mistress life in new book

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Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

When Dolen Perkins-Valdez read a passing reference in a history book to an Ohio resort ("Tawawa House") where slaveholders would take their slave mistresses for vacations, she was blown away. "I didn't know what to do with that," she tells our colleague Lonnae O'Neal Parker. Well, actually, she did: The University of Mary Washington professor has written a novel, "Wench," that explores the complexities and utter weirdness of that scenario.

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By The Reliable Source  | January 23, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
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I have read 4 chapters so far of this marvelous novel. I am thoroughly intrigued by the narrative. The author has a wonderful gift of dialogue and I am transported to the world of the mid 1800s. I recommend this novel without reservation.

Posted by: lgabriel5 | January 27, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

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