The Book of Night Women - Marlon JamesOxford: Oneworld, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
From the cover: “Jamaica, 1785
The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the extraordinary tale of Lilith, born into bondage on a sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. From her very birth the slave women recognise within her a dark power, one that they — and she — will come to revere and fear.
Overflowing with high drama and heartbreak, the action centres on the conspiracy of the Night Women, a clandestine council of fierce slaves plotting an island-wide revolt. Rebellions simmer, incidents of sadism and madness run rampant, and the tangled web of power relationships dramatically unravels amid dangerous secrets and unspoken jealousies. At the heart of it all stands Lilith, unbearably vulnerable and frighteningly potent. As she comes of age and begins to understand her own feelings and identity, she stretches the frontiers of what is possible for a slave woman in Jamaica and risks becoming the conspiracy’s weak link.
But the real revelation of the book — the secret to the stirring imagery and insistent prose — is Marion James himself, a young writer at once breathtakingly daring and wholly in command of his craft. His prose fully inhabits the Kingston plantation with a voice that rings with profound authenticity and a distinctly contemporary energy. His characters — Lilith and the Night Women — feel instantly alive and unforgettable.”