Throwback Thursday ~ Kindred

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Throwback Thursday is a feature created by the ever wonderful Renee @It’s Book Talk to feature old favorites as well as those titles to be read that were published more than a few years ago.

I think this is a fantastic opportunity to share old favorites and discover not so new reads. Please hop over and pay Renee a visit and feel to join in. Share your throwbacks and link up with It’s Book Talk!

My Throwback for 7/13/17

By Octavia E. Butler
First Published 6/1/1979


The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.


Published the month and year of my birth, I first discovered this hidden diamond (years later) among the shelves of my local public library. That same copy later went on to be part of their and annual book sale and I still own it to this day. One of my favorite titles, I plan on revisiting this very soon before tackling the Graphic Novel adaptation that was released at the beginning of this year. Have you read this? If not, I cannot recommend this enough! This is a book that opened my eyes and challenged to discover more through reading.

What are some of your favorite throwbacks?

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54 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday ~ Kindred

  1. Awesome pick Danielle! Octavia Butler is on my list of authors I’d really like to look into & Kindred first caught my attention through the GN. I def would like to read the book before I p/u the GN though so that’s on my list of things to do πŸ˜‰

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      1. You know me so well smh πŸ˜‚ I think it does too though, it’s at the very top of my list. Btw check out the Goodreads synopsis for the graphic novel March, I’ve been trying to get into it but it also looks like one you’d appreciate πŸ˜‰

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  2. I have never read this book and I can’t believe it. Literally, (wink) just bought it on kindle and am starting to read now. Yay for Throwback Thursday! Thanks for posting this!

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  3. I now have every novel written by Octavia Butler and I think, two short story collections, but not Kindred! It never goes on sale. After I read the others if it hasn’t gone in sale I will buy it full price.

    I love the story behind your copy! It is so nice to own a special memory book like that. ❀

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    1. I am so fond of my copy ❀ This is the only book of by her I have read, but it is amazing! I think you would really enjoy it. I started a short story collection of hers on audio earlier today, but my ears are acting up πŸ˜›


  4. Oooh. I love this idea as a post meme. There are so many old favorites of mine… I guess right now I’d be really into re-reading The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. I haven’t read any of Butler’s writings, but Kindred is high on my TBR list! I can’t wait to get to it.

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