Dessa Rose Author:Sherley Anne Williams For women and blacks, the nineteenth century in America was the very winter of discontent-born of oppression and slavery in many forms. Poet and critic Sherley Anne Williams has lighted one brilliant torch to warm that season-the story of Dessa Rose. Her story, based on the life events of two historical characters, tells how two women, one white... more », one black, confronted their time. Can the slave Dessa Rose escape from slavery and those who relentlessly pursue her? What will her relationship with Miss Rufel create for her? What will the cooperation of thses two women mean for the many others who share their condition?
These two women generate the fierce heat of summer of courage, daring, love, and concern when such qualities were all too rare. Their story is heartwarming and deeply moving.« less