A Mercy (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Nov 11, 2008 - Fiction - 208 pages
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National BestsellerOne of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives.A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter-a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.


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Toni Morrison's style of writing isn't to my taste. - Goodreads
The imagery and the rhythm is both poetic and musical. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I was enthralled with the incandescent prose and moving voices of four women in this tale set on a remote farm in colonial New York in the 1690s. It was outstanding in the audiobook form read by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marion - Goodreads

I actually loved the narration style here. The different voices, the different perspectives, the many raw moments. A thought that accompanied me on almost every page was, "But was there no joy at the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
36
Section 4
43
Section 5
67
Section 6
72
Section 7
101
Section 8
116
Section 9
135
Section 10
143
Section 11
157
Section 12
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Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities, Emerita, at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.


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