The Book of Night Women (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 19, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
56 Reviews
"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 breathtakingly daring and wholly in command of his craft.


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James did a wonderful depiction of Jamaican slavery. - Goodreads
Finally, the plot alone was excellent. - Goodreads
Marlon James's rich writing never ceases to wow me. - Goodreads

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User Review  - SteveLindahl - LibraryThing

I grew up in northern New Jersey, so the history of New York is fascinating to me. Edward Rutherfurd tells the story of people living in the city, starting in the 17th century when the settlement was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seven.Stories.Press - LibraryThing

As a new New Yorker, I found this book to be quite fascinating. I'm not usually much for historical fiction, but it gave me a perspective on the city that I didn't have before. I'm going to seek out ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Marlon James was born in Jamaica. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Macalester College.

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