Let Us Descend : An Oprah's Book Club Pick Hardback
by Jesmyn Ward
* AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK *â€˜A spectacular achievementâ€™ ANTHONY DOERRâ€˜Extravagantly beautifulâ€™ DAILY MAILâ€˜One of the greatest writers of all timeâ€™ JACQUELINE WOODSONâ€˜Extraordinaryâ€™ GUARDIANâ€˜The best book Iâ€™ve read in yearsâ€™ 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 motherâ€™s resilience, comforted by stories of her African warrior grandmother.
Everything she knows, she learned from her mother â€“ 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 â€“ a masterwork for the ages. Praise for Sing, Unburied, Singâ€˜A mustâ€™ Margaret Atwoodâ€˜One of the most important writers in America todayâ€™ Ann Patchettâ€˜Ward is a lyrical, visceral storytellerâ€™ Daily Mailâ€˜A searing, urgent readâ€™ Celeste Ngâ€˜Plays out like a grand epic â€¦ Staggeringâ€™ Marlon James
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