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ISBN13: 9780060557553
ISBN10: 0060557559
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Awards

2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
2003 National Book Award Finalist

Synopses & Reviews

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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.

Review:

"This extraordinary novel [is] the best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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"[S]tunning....With hard-won wisdom and hugely effective understatement, Mr. Jones explores the unsettling, contradiction-prone world of a Virginia slaveholder who happens to be black." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"[K]aleidoscopic....Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy: no relationship here is left unaltered by the bonds of ownership, and liberty eludes most of Manchester County's residents, not just its slaves." The New Yorker

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"Jones's prose can be rather static and his phrasings ponderous, but his narrative achieves crushing momentum through sheer accumulation of detail, unusual historical insight and generous character writing." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]mbitious....A fascinating look at a painful theme, this book is an ideal choice for book clubs. Highly recommended." Library Journal

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"A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon." Time

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"If Jones. . .keeps up this level of work, he’ll equal the best fiction Toni Morrison has written about being black in America." Speakeasy

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"Brilliant...Jones' novel movingly evokes one small landscape of a larger map that so stubbornly yields up its truths today." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"The Known World is a great novel, one that may eventually be placed with the best of American Literature." San Diego Union-Tribune

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"A grand and inspired work of historical fiction. . .[It] deserves every word of praise that comes its way." Chicago Tribune Books

Review:

"Complex, beautifully written, and breathtaking...the book will knock the wind out of you with the depth of its compassion." QBR: The Black Book Review

Review:

"Heartbreaking....fascinating." Newsweek

Review:

"Astonishingly rich...The particulars and consequences of the 'right' of humans to own other humans are dramatized with unprecedented ingenuity and intensity, in a harrowing tale that scarcely ever raises its voice...It should be a major prize contender." Kirkus (Starred Review)

Review:

"A profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature." Booklist (starred)

Review:

"Vivid....[An] epic novel." Book Magazine

Review:

"An exemplar of historical fiction...[it] will subdue your preconceptions, enrich your perceptions and trouble your sleep....The way Jones tells this story...recalls Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez." Newsday

About the Author

Edward P. Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award and recipient of the Lannan Foundation Grant, Jones was educated at Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia. His first book, Lost in the City was originally published by William Morrow in 1992 and shortlisted for the National Book Award. Mr. Jones was named a National Book Award finalist for a second time with the publication of his debut novel The Known World which subsequently won the prestigious 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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Witz, June 27, 2014 (view all comments by Witz)
This is "big story" novel that builds slowly and pulls the reader into the lives of slaves who have emulated their masters, masters who have done everything possible to break-down the family unit and and one slave in particular who has became a new kind of plantation master. Positively all- encompassing and breakthrough scenes of life and strife which I remember now years after reading.
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lukas, March 17, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
This won the Pulitzer and was in a Times list of the best American novels since 1980. So maybe I went in with unreasonable expectations. I did appreciate this story of race and the wages of slavery in the South, with its echoes of Faulkner, Morrison and Twain, without really getting into it.
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lukas, March 17, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
This won the Pulitzer and was in a Times list of the best American novels since 1980. So maybe I went in with unreasonable expectations. I did appreciate this story of race and the wages of slavery in the South, with its echoes of Faulkner, Morrison and Twain, without really getting into it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060557553
Author:
Jones, Edward P.
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Author:
by Edward P. Jones
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
May 25, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.06x5.32x1.00 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 432 pages Amistad Press - English 9780060557553 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This extraordinary novel [is] the best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years."
"Review" by , "[S]tunning....With hard-won wisdom and hugely effective understatement, Mr. Jones explores the unsettling, contradiction-prone world of a Virginia slaveholder who happens to be black."
"Review" by , "[K]aleidoscopic....Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy: no relationship here is left unaltered by the bonds of ownership, and liberty eludes most of Manchester County's residents, not just its slaves."
"Review" by , "Jones's prose can be rather static and his phrasings ponderous, but his narrative achieves crushing momentum through sheer accumulation of detail, unusual historical insight and generous character writing."
"Review" by , "[A]mbitious....A fascinating look at a painful theme, this book is an ideal choice for book clubs. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon."
"Review" by , "If Jones. . .keeps up this level of work, he’ll equal the best fiction Toni Morrison has written about being black in America."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...Jones' novel movingly evokes one small landscape of a larger map that so stubbornly yields up its truths today."
"Review" by , "The Known World is a great novel, one that may eventually be placed with the best of American Literature."
"Review" by , "A grand and inspired work of historical fiction. . .[It] deserves every word of praise that comes its way."
"Review" by , "Complex, beautifully written, and breathtaking...the book will knock the wind out of you with the depth of its compassion." QBR: The Black Book Review
"Review" by , "Heartbreaking....fascinating."
"Review" by , "Astonishingly rich...The particulars and consequences of the 'right' of humans to own other humans are dramatized with unprecedented ingenuity and intensity, in a harrowing tale that scarcely ever raises its voice...It should be a major prize contender."
"Review" by , "A profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature."
"Review" by , "Vivid....[An] epic novel."
"Review" by , "An exemplar of historical fiction...[it] will subdue your preconceptions, enrich your perceptions and trouble your sleep....The way Jones tells this story...recalls Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
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