By (author) Margaret Wrinkle

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Hardback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 213mm x 38mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802120660
  • ISBN 13: 9780802120663
  • Sales rank: 806,537

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Wrinkle's luminous, affecting debut novel is the impassioned story of two men and a woman joined by slave breeding in early 19th-century Tennessee. Written as an accusation, a revelation, and a prayer, "Wash" challenges contemporary assumptions as it transcends time, revealing anew this explosive shard of national history.

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Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and visual artist. Her award-winning documentary, "brokenground," about the racial divide in her historically conflicted hometown, was featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" and was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival.

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Winner of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Named a Best Book of 2013 by the "Wall Street Journal" "A masterly literary work . . . Wrinkle's novel does not allow us to draw easy correlations but invites us to consider the painful inheritance and implications of such a horrendous moment in American history. Rather than disapproving opprobrium and diatribes, this debut occasions celebration. Haunting, tender and superbly measured, "Wash" is both redemptive and affirming." --Major Jackson, "The New York Times Book Review" "[An] unflinching, stunningly imagined debut." --"Vanity Fair" "A marvel. By turns grim and lyrical, heart-wrenching and hopeful." --"People" (four stars; a "People" Pick) "A powerful novel." --"O, the Oprah Magazine" (one of "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now") "The voices of the past can't speak for themselves and must rely on the artists of the future to honor them. It's a profound responsibility and one that Margaret Wrinkle meets in her brilliant novel "Wash." She shows not only the courage to submerge herself in the Stygian world of plantation slavery but also the grace and sensitivity to bring that world to life . . . Narrative roles are given to Wash, fellow slaves and his succession of masters, creating a dense, hypnotic ensemble of voices similar to the effect achieved in Peter Matthiessen's momentous retelling of the life of a Florida sugar plantation owner, "Shadow Country" . . . It's from patriarchs like Wash as well as like Richardson, Ms. Wrinkle shows, that the U.S. was born." --Sam Sacks, "The Wall Street Journal" "Amazing . . . Never has a fictionalized window into the relationship between slave and master opened onto such believable territory . . . "Wash" unfolds like a dreamy, impressionistic landscape . . . [A] luminous book." --"Atlanta Journal Constitution" "A lyrical story of courageous human beings transcending the cruelty and degradation of their slave-holding society." --"T