Author Event: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Chevy Chase Library welcomes local author Dolen Perkins-Valdez on Saturday, May 12, at noon. Perkins-Valdez will read from and discuss her debut novel, Wench. The Friends of the Chevy Chase Library will provide summertime refreshments and have copies of the book available for purchase and for Perkins-Valdez to sign.
Critical praise for Wench:
“Like The Help, Wench immerses readers in its characters’ complex emotional lives. . . . A deeply moving, beautifully written debut novel told from the heart.” — USA Today
“In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history . . . Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful, this novel showcases Perkins-Valdez’s ability to bring the unfortunate past to life.” — Publishers Weekly
“Drawing on research about the resort that eventually became the first black college, Wilberforce University, the novel explores the complexities of relationships in slavery and the abiding comfort of women’s friendships.” — Booklist
“A striking debut intimately limns a Southern slave’s complicated relationship with her master. . . . Compelling and unsentimental.” — Kirkus Reviews