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The Book of Night Women

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Staff Review: "The Book of Night Women" by Marlon James


This captivating novel pulls us deep into the world of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. We begin when she is just a child born of a too young mother who didn't survive her birth, and the white slave driver. Lilith has been afforded a certain amount of protection as a child but quickly learns what her position is in life as she matures into womanhood and enters the real world of slavery. It is here that she meets the night women, a group of slaves and also her half-sisters who have been plotting for years to take back their freedom. Lilith must struggle to find herself in a world of brutal violence, conspiracy, jealousy, and emotional turmoil. Will she survive or find the ultimate freedom from slavery in death? This is a heart-wrenching, brutally honest and often graphically descriptive tale of what slavery was really like in the West Indies. It will leave you wondering if you could survive in a world where every moment of your life has the potential to be filled with violent brutality. This book is well worth the read but not recommended for the faint of heart.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, historical fiction

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