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The Known World

by Edward P. Jones

On Sale: 08/29/2006

Price: $17.99

The Known World

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The Known World

by Edward P. Jones

On Sale: 08/29/2006


Price: $17.99

About the Book

National Book Award

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Pulitzer Prize

National Book Critics Circle Award

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who is now a slave owner in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law; Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones weaves a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

“A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.”-Time

Freshman Common Read: Kalamazoo College

Critical Praise

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

“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

” 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

“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)

“A stunning debut novel.” - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Heartbreaking....fascinating.” - Newsweek

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

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

“A major achievement.” - Time Out New York

“Extraordinary.....Nothing...quite prepares readers for the imaginative leaps and technical prowess of ‘The Known World.’” - Seattle Times

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

“Vivid....[An] epic novel.” - Book Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“An incredible saga.” - Essence

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

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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061159176
  • ISBN 10: 0061159174
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 08/29/2006
  • Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 1.080 in (d)
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: $17.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / African American / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Cultural Heritage