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Take My Hand

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Inspired by true events and a landmark case in US history, the unputdownable and deeply moving story of a black nurse who makes a shocking discovery about two young girls in her care, from a New York Times bestselling author

'Shot through with spirit and hope, it's one hell of a book' Stylist, Books You Can't Miss in 2022

A nurse at the Family Planning Clinic in Montgomery Alabama, Civil Townsend is passionate about putting choice into women's hands. She brings the option of birth control to their doorsteps, and with it the right to determine their own destinies. Or so she believes.

When she is assigned to administer birth control to two school-age Black girls, the Williams sisters, who live off an old unpaved road in a shack without running water, Civil can't help but feel uneasy. She grows close to the family and becomes fiercely invested in their well-being. And then she makes a shocking discovery: the girls have been involuntarily sterilized. Civil is horrified that such a terrible mistake could have taken place, and vows to get to the bottom of it. She soon learns that this is no isolated event but a pattern, far more serious than she could ever have imagined, targeting poor Black women. Could her clinic be responsible? Had she and her fellow Black nurses been complicit? No matter how ugly, Civil is determined for the truth to be brought to light.

Based on true events, Take My Hand brims with hope, compassion, and the burning pursuit of justice.

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Praise for Take My Hand

  • Dolen Perkins-Valdez is a brilliant writer in a class all by herself. I love her voice and how she makes the past feel immediate and relevant, because it is - Terry McMillan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WAITING TO EXHALE

  • A gem: one of those rare and beautiful novels that walks the balance beam of heartbreak and hope - Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT

  • Dolen Perkins-Valdez probes the many ways institutional racism and classism inflicts lasting scars, especially on young Black women - and the grace, courage, and love needed to begin to heal those wounds. Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze, Take My Hand is an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption, the dangers of good intentions, and the folly of believing anyone can decide what's best for another's life - Celeste Ng, bestselling author of LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

  • An utterly gripping tale from start to finish, Take My Hand is storytelling at its finest. - Glamour UK

  • A wonderful novel. Moving, powerful and completely absorbing - I cared deeply about all the characters and rooted for them to the last page - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

  • Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze, Take My Hand is an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption, the dangers of good intentions, and the folly of believing anyone can decide what's best for another's life - Celeste Ng, bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

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