By Octavia E. Butler

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The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into ante The first science fiction written by a black woman,...

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February 1st 2004 by Beacon Press

(first published June 1979)

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Quotes From "Kindred"

"Better to stay alive," I said. "At least while there's a chance to get free." I thought of the sleeping pills in my bag and wondered just how great a hypocrite I was. It was so easy to advise other people to live with their pain."
"Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of "wrong" ideas."
"...I realized that I knew less about loneliness than I had thought - and much less than I would know when he went away."
"The ease. Us, the children… I never realized how easily people could be trained to accept slavery"
"Like all good works of fiction, it lies like the truth."
"As a kind of castaway myself, I was happy to escape into the fictional world of someone else's trouble."
"I'd rather see the others."
"What others?"
"The ones who make it. The ones living in freedom now."
"If any do."
"They do."
"Some say they do. It's like dying, though, and going to heaven. Nobody ever comes back to tell you about it."
"Then, somehow, I got caught up in one of Kevin's World War II books - a book of excerpts from the recollections of concentration camp survivors. Stories of beatings, starvation, filth, disease, torture, every possible degradation. As though the Germans had been trying to do in only a few years what the Americans had worked at for nearly two hundred.

... Like the Nazis, antebellum whites had known quite a bit about torture - quite a bit more than I ever wanted to learn."

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