Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whiplash by Yvie Towers

I found this book through the Historical Fiction group on Facebook. Ms. Towers posted about and I thought it would be interesting.  It is a good story, though heartbreaking. Lily is a child when the novella starts. Her mother is killed and she and her sister are sold. Then again.  She ends up in a brothel on a plantation. Lily struggles to hold on to herself.
It is so hard for me to read a story like this because I am horrified by what was done to these people. the story is well written and the characters are believable.  I cannot wait to read the next one titled Backlash.

From goodreads:
I've got a story to tell - my story. It won’t always be a happy one, but I’m afraid that notion just isn't feasible, given my situation. 

You see, I’m a slave – I have been since the day I was born. Being a slave has had bearing on every aspect of my life, so clearly I am limited in my ability to tell you anything but an often tragic and heartbreaking tale.

There have been moments of triumph for me, and I’ll tell you about those too. But, understand that for someone like me, victory usually comes at a cost higher than most people would be willing pay. This story is about my struggle to gain and maintain an identity without even really knowing who I wanted to be.

***This is a novella of about 34,000 words. The follow-up novel, Backlash, is coming soon!***

Author's Note: This novella, while fictitious, is set in the antebellum South of the United States. Every effort has been made to deliver a tale true to the time. This story contains scenes of violence, non-consensual and dubiously consensual sexual activity, as well as strong language.

For an excerpt, click here.

Kindle Edition107 pages
Published October 2013

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