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Take My Hand

Take My Hand (Hardback)

By Perkins-Valdez, Dolen

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Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze... an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption, the dangers of good intentions, and the folly of believing anyone can decide what's best for another's life. --Celeste Ng Inspired by true events that rocked the nation..., a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench. Montgomery, Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies. But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, she's shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children--just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family's welfare benefits, that's reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at the door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them. Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace, and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten. That must not be forgotten. Because history repeats what we don't remember.
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ISBN 9780593337691
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780593337691
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Perkins-Valdez, Dolen
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 539g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Legal stories, Eugenics - United States, Reproductive rights - United States - History - 20th century, African American women - Alabama, United States - Race relations - 20th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade