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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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3.7 / 5
August 5th, 2015
Slow start. But once I got used to the writing style, I loved it. It was historically interesting. There were twists & turns in the story that were unexpected thus keeping me on my toes! I loved this book!
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I wouldn’t have given it the Pulitzer but it is worthwhile
November 1st, 2014
The thing I particularly liked about this book was its knowldege of time, and how past, present, and future often intermingle. That self-awareness really added to the unique storytelling.
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