Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 264 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 55 minutes
First Published: 1979
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Quotes from Kindred
Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of “wrong” ideas.
Like all good works of fiction, it lies like the truth.
Slavery was a long slow process of dulling.
Sometimes I wrote things because I couldn’t say them, couldn’t sort out my feelings about them, couldn’t keep them bottled inside me.
Movie Trailer for Kindred (2020)
About Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler was an African-American author whose works include Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was the first science fiction writer to earn the MacArthur Award. She died in 2006 at the age of 58.