Book Giveaway - The Known World

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Known World
Author: Edward P. Jones
Publisher : Harper Collins

Book Description

One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.

The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order, and chaos ensues. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities.


Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Finalist for the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction.


More than ten years after his first collection of short stories was nominated for a National Book Award, Edward P. Jones's second book (and first novel) created an even bigger critical stir. Jonathan Yardley called The Known World, about a black slaveholder in the antebellum South, "the best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years."

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