The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Known World

By Edward P. Jones

  • Publication Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Social Science
4 Score: 4 (From 90 Ratings)

Book Overview

From Edward P. Jones comes one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order, and chaos ensues.

Edward P. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities.

“A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.”—Time

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Recent Reviews

  • Boring & Confusing

    By RenzoBNMs
    This book has to be one of the worst books I've read. It started off really good. And then all of sudden, I was thrown into a whirlwind of names and different characters. In one paragraph, I would find myself reading about some random charter moving back to England and his life after leaving the United States. This fact nor this character was not significant. This happened several times with several characters. Well, I made it to page 79....TWO CHAPTERS!!! Please save your money and the gigs on your smart device by not buying this book!