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Mother Swamp by @jesmimi

By Pamelascott

A fever dream of the past that ripples outward to the modern world, this powerful short story by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward draws inspiration from the hidden communities built by people escaping slavery.

Afice is the last of nine generations of women who have survived enslavement, sickness, and hunger. Alone at age seventeen, she sets out through the Louisiana swamps to follow the trail of her ancestors and hear their songs anew. On this journey, Afice must decide how to honour her ancestors while embracing her own future.

Jesmyn Ward's Mother Swamp is part of A Point in Time, a transporting collection of stories about the pivotal moments, past and present, that change lives. Read or listen to each immersive story in a single sitting.


I watch the sky, night after night.


(Amazon Original Stories, 28 July 2022, e-book, 24 pages, borrowed from @AmazonKindle, #PrimeReading, A Point in Time #7)



I really enjoyed Mother Swamp. It reminds me a lot of the author's novels which I've enjoyed immensely. I enjoyed the afterward by the author which reveals the sources that inspired the story. I'm the kind of reader who likes that. I felt like I was reading a part of something much larger. I found this a gripping read.

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