Marlen Suyapa Bodden

The Wedding Gift
  • The Wedding Gift

  • 'Bodden's absorbing page-turner maintains its suspense right up to the final pages.' Sunday Express

    Sarah Campbell has always known she was different.

    A slave at Allen Estates, Alabama, and the illegitimate daughter of the plantation owner Mr Allen, she's used to the other children's jibes, her mother's night-time trips to Mr Allen and, to her delight, her furtive literacy lessons with her white half-sister Clarissa.

    Slowly, using her forbidden knowledge of reading and writing, Sarah plots an escape to the north and freedom. But Sarah's life is turned upside-down when she learns she will be given to Clarissa's cruel, soon-to-be-husband as a wedding gift, becoming his property.

    Sarah knows this could be her last chance to escape for good. But will her secret skills and unrelenting willpower be enough to set her free?

    'Absolutely spellbinding'
    'I couldn't put it down'
    'Loved every page.'
    'A great read, a wonderful story.'
    'Genuinely could not stop reading this book.'
    'This was the most enjoyable book I have read in a long time.'
    'A very good read and would recommend.'
    'A compelling read with a twist at the end.'
    'I read this book in two days. You won't be disappointed.'

Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City - the nation's oldest law firm for low-wage and immigrant workers - and an anti-war, anti-slavery, and anti-death penalty activist. She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel and an international Wall Street Journal bestseller. Bodden is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University. She now lives in Connecticut with her husband. Visit for the history behind The Wedding Gift in photographs, illustrations, maps, and a bibliography. Follow her on Facebook at /marlensuyapabodden and Twitter @marlenbodden.

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