From a young writer who radiates charisma and talent comes a sweeping, stylish historical novel of Jamaican slavery written in the spirit of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker but in a style all his own. Described by the "New York Times" as 'both beautifully written and devastating', "The Book of Night Women" is a startling, hard-edged dissection of ...Read MoreFrom a young writer who radiates charisma and talent comes a sweeping, stylish historical novel of Jamaican slavery written in the spirit of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker but in a style all his own. Described by the "New York Times" as 'both beautifully written and devastating', "The Book of Night Women" is a startling, hard-edged dissection of slavery - a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. At the heart of the novel is the extraordinary character of Lilith, a spirited slave girl struggling to transcend the violence into which she is born, her story narrated in one of the boldest literary voices to grace the page. Overflowing with high drama and heartbreak, at its centre is the conspiracy of the Night Women, a clandestine council of fierce slave women plotting an island-wide revolt. Rebellions simmer, incidents of sadism and madness run rampant, and the tangled web of power relationships dramatically unravels amid dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion.Read Less
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An excellent piece of work. My only criticism is some of the comparisons of the two main characters of Lillith and Homer got a little repetitive in the end. The imagery and characters are great, kind of reminds me of Heironymous Bosch if he painted a portrait of slavery in the Caribbean. I wonder why this book uses the same painting in its cover image as Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau and the french edition of Moi Tituba sorciere by Maryse Conde? There's an interesting interview with the author on studio 360 with Kurt Anderson if you want to look that up thru NPR, that's how I found out about the book. Glad I did. He talks about how slavery in the Caribbean was different from in the United States, which I was interested in because I've been reading a lot of Caribbean literature recently - Conde, Chamoiseau, Glissant, Cesaire, Kincaid, Walcott, CLR James, etc.
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