Take My HandPerkins-Valdez, Dolen
Fresh from nursing school, Civil Townsend is excited to be working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, with some of her earliest duties requiring her to administer a still experimental drug.
Even more startling to her is to discover that some of the intended recipients of the birth control injections are innocent children - Erica and India are only eleven and thirteen, and worse is to come when Civil challenges what is being meted out to them by a health system supposedly there to help them.
Inspired by real-life events of the 1970s, this is a powerful story both horrifying and hopeful, that wrestles with reproductive injustice, medical ethics and racism.
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It is wonderful, powerful, sobering, horrifying, hopeful."
"Some of the content is horrifying and shocking, but never in an overblown, violent way."
"The author tells the story simply - and it's an important story. It's easy to read."
"Although I would not say this book was amazing writing, the writing style suited the topic. It's a very important and relevant issue and it does amaze me that these things actually happen in what we would consider a modern world."
"This is a very powerful book. It will stay with me for years."
"I found the writing a bit clunky, but it's an amazing story."
"It's heart-breaking that this book is based on real events - and unbelievable that it's set in 1973!"
"While it is at times an intensely uncomfortable read, it is an important book and one which many should read."