The Wedding Gift

  • by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen’s daughter and Clarissa’s sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa’s husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once-powerful family.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, The Wedding Gift is a stunning novel that shows where the complicated and compelling bonds and relationships between women explored in novels like The Help and The Secret Life of Bees began. Marlen Suyapa Bodden's novel is an intimate portrait that shows where this particular American story and dynamic all started and will leave listeners breathless.
Includes a reading group guide read by the author.


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Customer Reviews

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Wow! You must listen to this audio book!

What did you love best about The Wedding Gift?

There were many parts of this book that were hard to read/listen to because it deals with slavery. This is something that I sometimes just want to pretend never happened it is so unbelievably horrible. That being said, this book is so well written that I couldn't stop reading it. The author did an amazing job of being true to history and at the same time developing fictional characters that were well thought out and believable all the way through. And the narrators were just perfect - the best I've heard!

What did you like best about this story?

The hope in the main characters who, despite impossible circumstances, did what they thought was right. They were both very strong women!

What does Jenna Lamia and January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The emotion and characterization that their narrations add to this book are indescribable?

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- C. Crawford

I was up past 4 a.m. listening to this book!

What did you like best about this story?

The author was very vivid, I could see the characters and scenery.

Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia and January LaVoy – was your favorite?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, absolutely.

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- Cynthia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2013
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio