Conjure Women by Afia Atakora – Our Review
Conjure Women is a magnificently written book, layered with a profound and striking depth throughout.
Set in the depth South, and crossing back and forth to a time during the Civil War and immediately following it. Conjure Women is the story of three incredibly strong and unforgettable women.
Miss May Belle the local healing woman, central to the community, is sought by the people when they are suffering. Rue, her daughter who is hesitant to follow in her mother’s footsteps, a young woman constantly observing those around her. Varina, the master’s daughter, and a woman of privilege.
When a cursed child is born, suspicion is rife and the precarious safety of these three women is realised as all, but an illusion. Together, they are hidden with the secrets that form their bond.
A book that is rich and deep, that highlights the plight of women, of race and the old world. Magic, curses, culture and the need to do whatever it takes to simply survive.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books