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Times Turns to UVM Professor to Review Novel on Slave Breeding

Major Jackson, poet and associate professor of English, reviews Margaret Wrinkle’s Wash in The New York Times, where he acknowledges the challenges faced by a white author depicting black characters. Despite noting some inaccuracies and a sometimes self-conscious tone, Jackson writes, “I was moved by this story… Rather than disapproving opprobrium and diatribes, this debut occasions celebration. Haunting, tender and superbly measured, Wash is both redemptive and affirming.” Read the review...