Let Us Descend

A Novel

    • 3.7 • 161 Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • Instant New York Times Bestseller • Named one of the best books of 2023 by The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, Time, The New Yorker, and more.

“Nothing short of epic, magical, and intensely moving.” —Vogue • “A novel of triumph.” —The Washington Post • “Harrowing, immersive, and other-worldly.” —People

From “one of America’s finest living writers” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “heir apparent to Toni Morrison” (LitHub)—comes a haunting masterpiece about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War that’s destined to become a classic.

Let Us Descend describes 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. A journey that is as beautifully rendered as it is heart wrenching, the novel is “[t]he literary equivalent of an open wound from which poetry pours” (NPR).

Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide. 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 Annis leads readers through the descent, hers is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this “[s]earing and lyrical…raw, transcendent, and ultimately hopeful” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2023
October 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
5.6
MB

Customer Reviews

YayaNetski ,

Annis’s journey as a slave

This book is well written in poetic prose.
The reader’s imagination is turned on as the protagonist, Annis, after facing numerous incidents of abuse, enters the ‘spiritual’ realms. The stories of 3 generations of slaves is entwined with Annis’s personal journey both physical and psychological within slavery.

Dgb65 ,

Absurd

Nonsensical wandering through memories and spirit worlds. There was a story to tell here, but it didn’t get told.

Flydini ,

Powerful, really

The horrible lives led by some slaves is made clear in this book. The author makes that abundantly clear. I got lost a bit in the use of the spirits and was sorry when the book ended, which to me is a good sign,

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