BY THE AUTHOR OF BELOVED. On the day that Jacob agrees to accept a slave in lieu of payment of a debt from a plantation owner, little Florens' life changes.
With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress Florens has never blended into the background and now at the age of eight she is taken from her family to begin a new life.
She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, Lina their Native American servant and the enigmatic Sorrow, who was rescued from a shipwreck.
Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutal landscape of the north of America in the seventeenth century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/06/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099502548
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Review by AriadneAranea
This novel is at times difficult to follow, especially to begin with and especially while you are still settling into the characters' different voices - but the good news is that it bears a second reading. The plot is rather wandering, or at least rather diffuse and hard to pin down - but not in a bad way, because somehow that doesn't seem important until you try and explain what the book is actually about. Such things might put you off, but despite or perhaps because of these bits and pieces, the whole turned out to be rather wonderful. Also, I'm sure, important.