The Prophets

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Publisher Description

Best Book of the Year
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• Finalist for the National Book Award
• One of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year
• One of the New York Times Best Historical Fiction of the Year

• Instant New York Times Bestseller 

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.

Fiction & Literature
January 5
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

whosyumi ,

Black Joy is Revolutionary

There’s a saying, “Black Joy is Revolutionary.” Nothing sparks joy more than love — being in it or witness to it. And nothing is more anointed or more deserving of reverence, even if the love may be beyond our own understanding. This book is about Black love and joy. And it is revolutionary. ,

The Prophets

The spirit in this story will compel you to slow down, to guide you to imagine answers to impossible questions, to fly high for a birds’ eye view, to zero in, to love and to hate, to deny, to refuse to accept all lies going forward, to seek forgiveness as you demonstrate your ability to forgive.

Worthit20 ,

Reads like poetry, cuts like a knife

Incredible writing; a story of brutality, heartbreak, and love. This book will crush you but you will savor it anyway. Must read 💓

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