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The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
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The Book of Night Women (2009)

by Marlon James

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I wish this had been a little shorter and a little more about the women who actually planned the revolt. And it was so violent! Nevertheless, an extraordinary story and a completely compelling voice. I could not put this book down. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A very uncomfortable book about the horrors of slavery set in the early 1800's in Jamaica. It also explores the impossible conflict of being in the half way spot between black and white. Excellently written. ( )
  snash | Oct 26, 2016 |
There are a lot of novels about slavery. This is one of the best. Beautifully written, painful to read but impossible to put down, memorable characters that stay in your head long after you've finished this outstanding book. ( )
  cmt100 | Sep 23, 2016 |
Loved this one and the audio was fantastic! ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Loved this one and the audio was fantastic! ( )
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I
am the
woman they give
dead women's
clothes to.
-Christine Gelineau, "Inheritance"

Sugbon kini a le fi be eni ti ikooko pa iya re je?
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People think blood red, but blood don't got no colour.
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Lilith was born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they--and she--will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link.… (more)

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