Yellow Crocus

Version: Unabridged
Author: Laila Ibrahim
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2014
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Overview

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

Revised edition: This edition of Yellow Crocus includes editorial revisions.

Reviews (3)

Yellow Crocus

Written by Tracy O on June 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Simply wonderful. The narrator makes it addictive. Once you start you won\'t be able to stop listening.

Written by Sylvia D on June 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Compelling! Wonderful narrator. Enjoyed so much! I highly recommend.

Written by Janene Domingo on May 25th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely LOVED this book and thought the Narrator was great!

Author Details

Author Details

Ibrahim, Laila

Laila Ibrahim spent much of her career as a preschool director, and that, coupled with her experiences as a teacher and her education in developmental psychology and attachment theory, provided ample fodder for the story of Mattie and Lisbeth in Yellow Crocus. In addition to being a writer, Laila is a birth doula and Director of Children and Family Ministries at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. She lives in a small co-housing community in Berkeley, CA, with her wife, Rinda, and two daughters. She is hard at work on her second novel.