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Dolen Perkins-Valdez


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Dolen Perkins-Valdez's fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, and Richard Wright Newsletter. Born and raised in Memphis, a graduate of Harvard, and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow, Perkins-Valdez teaches creative writing at the University of Puget Sound.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 

Novels
   Wench (2009)
   Balm (2015)
   Take My Hand (2022)
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My Soul to Take (2011)
(African Immortals, book 4)
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"Riveting and masterfully researched."
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Red Island House (2021)
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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois (2021)
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"If you read one book this year, choose this one. I went to bed thinking of Ailey Pearl Garfield and woke up thinking of her. With the arrival of this epic novel of family, race, and ancestral legacy, one of America's finest poets has announced herself as a storyteller of the highest magnitude. Absolutely brilliant."

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