Kindred is the story of a modern day black woman's brutal yank (she time travels) into her ancestor's slavery days. Back in the 1800s she is forced to save, Rufus, her white great-great grandfather, again and again, in order to ensure her own future existence. She endures brutality and great physical injury as she grows to understand the fearful mentality of what it takes to remain a slave.
I found this book both engrossing and hard to swallow. I kept wanting her to kill Rufus and his sadistic bastard of a father and put an end to the suffering of Alice and the others. I felt it was selfish (yet understandable) that she'd want to survive despite the cost to herself, her husband and her slave relatives. And yet saying that I don't know that I'd do anything differently if faced with these difficult choices, but am very glad I'll never have to find out.