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The Known World for Edward P. Jones

Known World

Recommended by Colleen in Outreach Services…

Colleen’s synopsis:
This is a novel about free blacks who own slaves in Virginia just before the Civil War. The book deals with blacks who have bought their freedom from their white owners and then buy other slaves from the same plantation. There are very intricate, detailed relationships among the blacks and whites, slaves and free.

She says:
This novel is a Pulitzer Prize winner – but don’t let that stop you from reading it! Although there are a lot of characters to keep track of, this is a very interesting book. It is at times an uncomfortable look into the lives of blacks in the south before the war – both free and slave. I really enjoyed this book.