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Best Book Of The Year
NPR • The Washington Post • TIME • USA Today • Real Simple

Instant New York Times Bestseller • One of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year • Finalist for the National Book Award

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony.

With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets fearlessly reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
KC
Karen Chilton
LENGTH
14:52
hr min
RELEASED
2021
January 5
PUBLISHER
Penguin Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
450.1
MB

Customer Reviews

DioniDaley ,

Incredible

It’s one of those books you end up not needing the audio for because they won’t read it how you are reading it. Overall 10/10

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