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Known World Paperback – 13 December 2013

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  • ASIN : 0061159174
  • Publisher : Amistad Press (13 December 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 388 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780061159176
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061159176
  • Dimensions : 21.06 x 14.12 x 3.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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" 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."--Newsday

"Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy."--The New Yorker

"Extraordinary.....Nothing...quite prepares readers for the imaginative leaps and technical prowess of 'The Known World.'"--Seattle Times

"A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon."--Time magazine

"Breathtaking....A fascinating counterweight to Toni Morrison's Beloved....It is essential reading."--Entertainment Weekly

"Stunning....His first novel is...likely to win acclaim."--New York Times

" 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."--Starred Library Journal

"'The Known World' is a great novel, one that may eventually be placed with the best of American Literature."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"[A] powerful, multigenerational saga."--Chicago Tribune Books

"A grand and inspired work of historical fiction. . .[It] deserves every word of praise that comes its way."--Chicago Tribune Books

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One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.

The Known World 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. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities.

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