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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.

--Fort Worth Star-Telegram --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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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

"A major achievement."--Time Out New York

"A profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature."--Booklist (starred)

"A strong, intricate, daring book by a writer of deep compassion and uncommon gifts."--Peter Matthiessen

"A stunning debut novel."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"An incredible saga."--Essence

"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."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Beautifully written . . .[it] ought to enjoy the massive readership that Charles Frazier's runaway hit, Cold Mountain did."--USA Today

"Brilliant....Glorious....[The Known World] belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison's "Beloved."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Brilliant...Jones' novel movingly evokes one small landscape of a larger map that so stubbornly yields up its truths today"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Complex, beautifully written, and breathtaking...the book will knock the wind out of you with the depth of its compassion."--QBR: The Black Book Review

"Destined for a permanent spot on the...shelf of great American novels about slavery, next to Morrison...and Faulkner."--Boston Globe

"Fascinating . . .There is grief and fear, genuine affection an envy in this complex and fine novel."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Fascinating...poignant....[A] complex and fine novel."--Baltimore Sun

"Heartbreaking....fascinating."--Newsweek

"Heartrending....[The Known World] walks with the pace and solemnity of the Bible."--Dallas Morning News

"If Jones. . .keeps up this level of work, he'll equal the best fiction Toni Morrison has written about being black in America."--Speakeasy

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

"Once you start the book you are hooked....Consider this novel necessary reading."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"One of those rare works of fiction that both wound and heal."--O Magazine

"Stunning....Pitch-perfect....Too much cannot be said about Mr. Jones gifts as a storyteller and a stylist."--The Washington Times

"This...magical novel will touch you in a profound way."--People (4-Starred Critic's Choice)

"Vivid....[An] epic novel."--Book Magazine --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B000FC12GO
  • Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (17 March 2009)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 720 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 432 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0007195303
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 487 ratings

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