Take My Hand By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Published on August 01, 2022, 10:13 am
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Beyond Words Book Club will start their season on September 07, 2002, with a great lineup of books.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Discussion Dates: Wednesdays, September 07, 14, 21, & 28, 2022.

The author will join the conversation on September 21, 2022.

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Montgomery, Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend intends to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she hopes to help women shape their destinies, to make their own choices for their lives and bodies.

But when her first week on the job takes her along a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, Civil is shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children—just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family’s welfare benefits, that’s reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at their door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace, and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten. That must not be forgotten.

Because history repeats what we do not remember.

Inspired by true events and brimming with hope, Take My Hand is a stirring exploration of accountability and redemption.


About Beyond Words Book Club

Beyond Words is a fun, virtual book club, that meets regularly to host intimate discussions of books focused on real-life issues and interpersonal relationships.

The best thing about being an internet-based group is we are a community without boundaries, welcoming readers from all time zones who all share the same interest – reading!

If you are looking for a friendly, supportive book club that encourages you to participate in lively conversations then Beyond Words is the place for you!

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