A Mercy A Mercy

A Mercy

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In “one of Morrison’s most haunting works” (The New York Times), the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the 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.

One of the New York Times’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2008
November 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
176
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.2
MB

Customer Reviews

archetype67 ,

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.

jahquale ,

❤️

Beautiful

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