Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.
The Wedding Gift is a lovely story with an important message. The historical details were authentic and interesting. I also enjoyed most of the characters. I’m always happy to run into strong women in literature.
The story kept me engaged and turning the pages. Unfortunately the writing felt rushed at times and some of the dialogue came off as awkward. I’m sure that one more spin through an editor’s hands could have fixed those issues. I do recommend the The Wedding Gift as the story itself overcomes those issues.
I have high hopes for this author. She obviously has something to say and the desire to say it. For a first effort The Wedding Gift hit most of the right notes. I’ll be watching out for what she comes up with next.
Dr. Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest legal services organization. She has more than two decades’ experience representing poor people and low-wage and immigrant workers, many of whom are severely underpaid, if paid at all.
She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel.
On May 20, 2012, the University of Rhode Island conferred on Marlen an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University.