The Known World
Edward P. Jones
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 weaves a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.
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‘A masterpiece’ - Time Magazine
‘Stunning’ - New York Times
‘A book of tremendous moral intricacy’ - New Yorker
‘An achievement of epic scope’ - New York Times Book Review
‘Extraordinary - the best new work of American fiction in years’ - Washington Post