Dana is celebrating her birthday. She turns twenty-six this year. This year she’s glad to celebrate it with a new marriage and her prospering career as a writer. Dana is then snatched from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. She is tasked with keeping her relative Rufus alive until he can father the daughter who will become Dana’s ancestor. The only problem is Dana is black and Rufus and her husband are white.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler is poignant, powerful science-fiction drama. It weaves together past and present, black and white, trauma and pain to create a visceral world that is as cruel as the one we live in now. Written thirty years ago, Kindred’s relevancy is still not lost. What Octavia Butler writes about race, feminism, and class struggle in the late 70’s still echos clearly into today’s time.
It is imperative that you read Kindred because of the powerful message it sends to young, Black aspiring writers. Tacked onto this slave narrative, is the narrative of the young black writer. This plays out between the characters Dana and her husband a white semi-successful writer.
Kindred is a poignant, powerful neo-slave novel that every young, black author should read.
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