Let Us Descend


Let Us Descend

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Author: Jesmyn Ward
Format: Trade Paperback C Format
Publication date: 24/10/2023
ISBN: 9781526666727

The astonishing new novel from two-time National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward‘Leaves you in awe of the human capacity to not only endure, but to ascend back to the light … Spectacular’ANTHONY DOERR, author of All the Light We Cannot See‘A stunning achievement. Will grip you from the first word to the last’NATHAN HARRIS, author of The Sweetness of WaterLet 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. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very land – the rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward’s most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages.

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm


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