Take My Hand | Paperback | By Dolen Perkins-Valdez

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  • Take My Hand
  • Pages: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 12 Apr 2022
  • Category: Fiction
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3 cm
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Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez



Montgomery, Alabama. 1973.

Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference in her community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies. But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a tumbledown cabin, she's surprised to find that her new patients are 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 their welfare benefits, that's reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her new responsibilities, she takes India and Erica into her heart and comes to care for their family as though they were her own. But one day she arrives at their door to discover the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same.

Inspired by true events and a shocking chapter of American history, Take My Hand is a novel that will open your eyes and break your heart. An unforgettable story about love and courage, sisterhood and solidarity, it is also a timely and hopeful reminder that it only takes one person to change the world.


"Unforgettable' Celeste Ng

'One hell of a book' Stylist

'Heartbreaking and utterly immersive' Kirsty Capes

'Deeply moving' AJ Pearce

'Wonderful' Cathy Rentzenbrink

About the Author

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. In 2011, she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She received a DC Commission on the Arts Grant for her second novel Balm, which was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Dolen is also a 2020 nominee for a United States Artists Fellowship, and the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. On behalf of the foundation, she has visited nearly every public high school in the District of Columbia to talk about the importance of reading and writing. She is currently Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University and lives in Washington, DC with her family.


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