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The Book of Night Women (Paperback)

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One of my favorite books of the last 15 years, this book stuns. After the first few chapters, you get into the rhythm of the dialect and experience the life of the characters with shimmering vibrancy. One of the most satisfying ends to a novel that I have ever read.

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From the WINNER of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings

"An undeniable success." -- The New York Times Book Review

A true triumph of voice and storytelling, The Book of Night Women rings with both profound authenticity and a distinctly contemporary energy. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they- and she-will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings, desires, and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link. But the real revelation of the book-the secret to the stirring imagery and insistent prose-is Marlon James himself, a young writer at once breath-takingly daring and wholly in command of his craft.

About the Author


Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow's Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594484360
ISBN-10: 1594484368
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2010
Pages: 427
Language: English