(Penguin Random House Audio - library loan)
(Lauren Daggett - narrator) - very good
(10 hours 57 min)
Take My Hand was a fascinating story about injustice.
Civil Townsend is a black nurse whose first job is at a government funded, family planning clinic in 1973 Montgomery, Alabama. Her first clients are the young Williams sisters, Erica, 13 and India 11. The girls live in squalor with their illiterate widowed father and grandmother in a rundown one room cabin. It seems the sisters, like many other young black girls were part of forced birth control program. They were to begin getting birt control injections, even though neither girl was sexually active or even had a boyfriend. The drug (Depo-Provera) hadn't even received FDA approval. Things go from bad to worse when Civil later finds that the something unthinkable has happened to the girls. What has happened can't be undone. Civil is outraged and not done fighting for these girls others like them.
This story was loosely based on actual events of a case known as Reif vs. Weinberger. It was wonderful to see Civil, a young black woman who had many advantages growing up fight for these girls. Together with her nursing friend Alicia and a lawyer named Ty, they take on the government to address the atrocities which occurred as they fight for justice. The story is told in two timelines (1973 and (2016) when Civil is now 67. This was a very satisfying yet heartbreaking read and so appropriate to what is happening in this country today. Highly recommended - a must read.
Rating - 5/5 stars