|Print List Price:||$24.95|
|Kindle Price:|| $15.99 |
Save $8.96 (36%)
|Sold by:|| Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc |
Price set by seller.
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Douglass' Women: A Novel Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Douglass' Women reimagines the lives of an American hero, Frederick Douglass, and two women -- his wife and his mistress -- who loved him and lived in his shadow. Anna Douglass, a free woman of color, was Douglass' wife of forty-four years, who bore him five children. Ottilie Assing, a German-Jewish intellectual, provided him the companionship of the mind that he needed. Hurt by Douglass' infidelity, Anna rejected his notion that only literacy freed the mind. For her, familial love rivaled intellectual pursuits. Ottilie was raised by parents who embraced the ideal of free love, but found herself entrapped in an unfulfilling love triangle with America's most famous self-taught slave for nearly three decades.
In her finest novel to date, Jewell Parker Rhodes vividly resurrects these two extraordinary women from history, portraying the life they led together under the same roof of the Douglass home. Here, fiery emotions of passion, jealousy, and resentment churn as the women discover an uneasy solidarity in shared love for an exceptional and powerful man. Douglass' Women fills the gaps and silences that history has left in an unforgettable epic full of heartache and triumph.
Charles Johnson [A] passionate, moving novel that explores the place where American history intersects with the human heart.
Whoopi Goldberg Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes takes us someplace we never knew existed. With insight and depth we get into the lives of these three historical people, Douglass, Douglass, and Assing, only to realize that they are as contemporary as we are. Well done!
Diana Gabaldon author of The Fiery Cross A remarkable act of fictional biography!
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003QP4NNQ
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (June 10, 2010)
- Publication date : June 10, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 756 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #969 in Black & African American Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #1,384 in Historical African Fiction
- #1,691 in American Historical Romance (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
the 2 main women in Douglass’ life were written in complete contrast to what I would have expected but that made the story that much more enjoyable.
Frederick Douglas led an interesting life and now I can’t wait to read his autobiography
"Douglass' Women" is about two very different women loving the same strong, ex-slave, abolitionist, a writer. I believe Ms. Rhodes knew Frederick Douglass had to be included in the story to understand his women. He is an escaped slave afraid of being enslaved again, even by the women in his life. Consequently, he juggles them, accepting their love with little emotional return.
Anna Murray Douglass is a free black woman. She's the stronger of the two women, the realist. She gives her hard-earned money to Freddy to escape his slave master. He later marries her. Anna says Freddy is "Samson-man, standing, perched on the edge of his horizon." She does not like the name Frederick Bailey Douglass, feels it beyond her as his mate. Anna is steadfast in her loyalty and self-confidence and suffers his infidelity.
Ottilie Assing, a German-Jewish woman, teaches him to read and write, and uses his ego and hatred of bondage to keep him near. He becomes Frederick to Ottilie. She is indispensable with her money and time helping him pursue his career. She clearly has a way out of the mistress role, but is too much of a romantic in love to accept the reality of her situation.
Both women suffer the pains of unreciprocated love, heartache from their "great man." Anna says, "Freddy never really learned to love."
I can only conclude that Frederick, husband, lover, and abolitionist is mentally disturbed as a result of his years as a slave. Freedom is the only thing he seems to focus on. This proves to create both bad and good events in his life. Nevertheless, he needs sexual love, takes it wherever he can get it, when he wants it. Yet, it does not interfere with his plans, in spite of the fact that he fathers five children with Anna.
Every page kept me immersed, kept me wondering what next. Jewell Parker Rhodes penned vivid fictional pictures of strong characters, which reflects her ability to understand humankind. It left me wanting to learn more about Douglass, in his words. What an excellent read!