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National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives.

A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter—a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

Fiction & Literature
November 11
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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Solid Toni Morrison

I've always been fascinated by the fact the Morrison often tell more story with what she doesn't say than what she does. Her language is spare, but beautiful, her characters deep but more often than not disturbing, and her story always powerful. In A Mercy we are brought to the earliest days of the colonies, and religious sectarianism, slavery, indentured servitude and frontier violence. The story revolves around the orphaned, and disconnected and how it impacts each differently. As always, a good, powerful read.

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