Friday, August 24, 2018

Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

Day 2 of 7 posting covers of favorite books tag. I want to reread Daughters of the Dust and then watch the movie which I still haven't seen! This is one of the few times that the movie came before the book. It's been a very long time since I read the book and a lot of the fine detail is gone from memory so it will be a nice refresh to read it again. I posted this as part of a group of historical fiction by African American women earlier this year and I still haven't picked it up. I still don't have my reading life in order! I'll post the movie trailer again for any who haven't seen it, it's a good one!

Inspired by her Sundance Festival award-winning film "Daughters of the Dust," Julie Dash has put her cinematic vision on the page, penning a rich, magical new novel which extends her story of a family of complex, independent African-American women.Set in the 1920s in the Sea Islands off the Carolina coast where the Gullah people have preserved much of their African heritage and language, Daughters Of The Dust chronicles the lives of the Peazants, a large, proud family who trace their origins to the Ibo, who were enslaved and brought to the islands more than one hundred years before. Native New Yorker Amelia Peazant returns to her mother's home to trace her family's history. From her multigenerational clan she gathers colorful stories, learning about "the first man and woman," the slaves who walked across the water back home to Africa, the ways men and women need each other, and the intermingling of African and Native-American cultures.Through her experiences, Amelia comes to treasure her family traditions and her relationship with her fiercely independent cousin Elizabeth. Daughters of the Dust is ultimately a story of homecoming and the reclaiming of family and cultural heritage.

1 comment:

  1. I caught the movie on Netflix, it was good. I had never saw it either until then, well worth watching.


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