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Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Biography

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel WENCH. USA Today called the book “deeply moving” and “beautifully written.” People called it “a devastatingly beautiful account of a cruel past.” O, The Oprah Magazine chose it as a Top Ten Pick of the Month, and NPR named it a top 5 book club pick of 2010. Dolen’s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, StorySouth and elsewhere. In 2011, she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and has received a DC Commission on the Arts Grant. Dolen teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dolen lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Books by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Fiction, Historical Fiction

The New York Times bestselling author of WENCH returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history --- the end of slavery --- in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future.

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s THE KNOWN WORLD as it tells the story of four black enslaved women in the years preceding the Civil War.