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ISBN: 0099502542 / ISBN-13: 9780099502548

A Mercy

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In the 1680s the slave trade was still in its infancy. In the Americas, virulent religious and class division, prejudice and oppression were rife, ... Show synopsis

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  • A Mercy (Vintage) – Mass-market paperback (2009)
    by Toni Morrison

    A Mercy

    Mass-market paperback, Vintage
    2009
    176 pages

    ISBN: 0099502542
    ISBN-13: 9780099502548

    BY THE AUTHOR OF BELOVED. On the day that Jacob agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens' life changes. With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress Florens has never blended into the background and now at the age of eight she is taken from her family to begin a new life. She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant and the enigmatic Sorrow, who was rescued from a shipwreck. ... Show more

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Reviews of A Mercy

Overall customer rating: 5.000
underacomfort

Toni Morrison - Under-rated

by underacomfort on Jan 26, 2012

A Mercy is not given enough attention. An important book and important part of Morrison's body of work.

Maggie1

a one day read

by Maggie1 on Dec 29, 2009

If you love Morrison, you know it usually takes a while to get through her complex books, but A Mercy is short enough- and simple enough- for an adult with a few hours of free time to read in one day. Morrison captures different characters by using different points of view skillfully and beautifully. A careful reader easily hears each person. If you're a mom, this book will resonate, as several of the women deal with child-related tragedy. I've read Beloved 6 times and loved it more each time, and A Mercy might not be "as good as" Beloved, but it is haunting, harsh, and gorgeous all at the same time.

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bev47
by bev47 on Jan 30, 2009

Excellent Book- Very thought provoking yet easy to follow the different storylines. I LOVED the way to weaves in the significance of the title- You really feel the act as truly, A MERCY-

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