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Edward P. Jones

Known World, The

Edward P. Jones Known World The
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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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“’The Known World’ is a great novel, one that may eventually be placed with the best of American Literature.”

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“[A] powerful, multigenerational saga.”

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“A grand and inspired work of historical fiction. . .[It] deserves every word of praise that comes its way.”

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“A major achievement.”

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“A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.”

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“A profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature.”

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“A strong, intricate, daring book by a writer of deep compassion and uncommon gifts.”

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“A stunning debut novel.”

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“An incredible saga.”

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“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.”

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“Beautifully written . . .[it] ought to enjoy the massive readership that Charles Frazier’s runaway hit, Cold Mountain did.”

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“Breathtaking....A fascinating counterweight to Toni Morrison’s Beloved....It is essential reading.”

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“Brilliant....Glorious....[The Known World] belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”

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“Brilliant...Jones’ novel movingly evokes one small landscape of a larger map that so stubbornly yields up its truths today”

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“Complex, beautifully written, and breathtaking...the book will knock the wind out of you with the depth of its compassion.”

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“Destined for a permanent spot on the...shelf of great American novels about slavery, next to Morrison...and Faulkner.”

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“Extraordinary.....Nothing...quite prepares readers for the imaginative leaps and technical prowess of ‘The Known World.’”

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“Fascinating . . .There is grief and fear, genuine affection an envy in this complex and fine novel.”

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“Fascinating...poignant....[A] complex and fine novel.”

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“Heartbreaking....fascinating.”

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“Heartrending....[The Known World] walks with the pace and solemnity of the Bible.”

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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.”

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“Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy.”

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“Once you sta” 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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