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Publisher Description

Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.
Exploring the permutations of Manon’s own obsession with Sarah against the backdrop of an impending slave rebellion, Property unfolds with the speed and menace of heat lightning, casting a startling light from the past upon the assumptions we still make about the powerful and powerful.

Fiction & Literature
April 13
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Snooks46 ,


Martin has written a book with a fascinating view of the reality of slavery in the 1800’s in America. While this book is fiction, it gave a very interesting perspective of how life very likely was during the time. It certainly provides the reader pause to think about slavery and the effects it had on our American culture and life.

Sonnynfd ,


A book that reflects on politics is something that has every bit of what is going on in the present world, but at a different expense of course. We are all property of someone or something. Bringing this to a wider concept, it is not just about being African American, or being women; it is about each and every person being the property of someone or something.

ThatTeacher ,

Property. Don’t waste your time

This book is from the perspective/viewpoints of the Masters wife. She’s inconsiderate, selfish, bitter and boring as hell! I sure would like to get the perspective of sarah which was the House slave who had to endure the sexual abuse from the master. The author clearly got bored w/ writing this book and just decided to stop w/o ending it.

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