Let us descend

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‘Let Us Descend’ is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take.

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* AN OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK *‘A spectacular achievement’ ANTHONY DOERR‘Extravagantly beautiful’ DAILY MAIL‘One of the greatest writers of all time’ JACQUELINE WOODSON‘ExtraordinaryGUARDIAN‘The best book I’ve read in years’ LOUISE KENNEDY———————–The first weapon I ever held was my mother’s hand.On a slave plantation in the Carolinas, Annis has survived in the light of her mother’s resilience, comforted by stories of her African warrior grandmother. Everything she knows, she learned from her mother – how to fight, how to be strong, how to grow up in a world shrouded in darkness.When she is sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, Annis must venture onward through the rich but unforgiving landscapes of the American South alone: from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans, and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Searching for relief in memories of her mother, she opens herself to a world beyond her own, teeming with spirits of earth, water, history and myth. A reimagining of American slavery as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching, Let Us Descend offers a magnificent portrait of the strength of the human spirit and its ability to emerge from darkness into light. This is a story of beauty, love, rebirth and reclamation – a masterwork for the ages.Praise for Sing, Unburied, Sing‘A must’ Margaret Atwood‘One of the most important writers in America today’ Ann Patchett‘Ward is a lyrical, visceral storyteller’ Daily Mail‘A searing, urgent read’ Celeste Ng‘Plays out like a grand epic ? Staggering’ Marlon James

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Weight522 g
Dimensions23415333 mm