‘A beautiful and important book’ The Times
On the day that Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment for a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens’s life changes irrevocably.
With her keen intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blurred into the background and now at the age of eight she is uprooted from her family to begin a new life with a new master. She ends up part of Jacob’s household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant, and the enigmatic Sorrow who was rescued from a shipwreck.
Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutally unforgiving landscape of North America in the seventeenth century.
`Toni Morrison is the greatest chronicler of the American experience that we have ever known’ Tayari Jones, New York Times
BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVED
Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction
"Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don't seem to come close to explaining her" * Guardian * "A beautiful and important book" * The Times * "Powerful, elemental... The issues Morrison explores go to the root of what humanity is. They could not be more important" * Guardian * "Left me trembling at the sheer brilliance of its storytelling and the unassailable dignity of its purpose" * Evening Standard * "So enthralling that you'll want to read it more than once" * Sunday Times *
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