Kindred

Kindred

by Octavia Butler

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Octavia E. Butler’s ground-breaking masterpiece, with an original foreword by Ayòbámi Adébáyò.

‘One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had’ JUNOT DIAZ



In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he’s drowning. She saves his life – and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it’s even begun.

This is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.


‘No novel I’ve read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential’ CAROLINE O’DONOGHUE