* Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)

This is an interesting book because it’s sort of sci-fi (time travel), but written as a fictional memoir.  The main character, a black woman living in the 1970’s, gets transported back to a plantation in the antebellum South.  She is called there by a young boy whom she eventually discovers is her great grandfather.  So the story flip flops back and forth between her life on the plantation and her life in modern day California.  She has little control over her travels.  It’s an interesting premise, almost like a unique type of slave narrative, though at times the story seems a bit predictable, not so much in terms of events, but in terms of her role in both locations.  Still, once into the story, I didn’t want to put it down, which always leads me to the conclusion that there was more to like than not like.  (fiction)

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