In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones 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. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.
A book with many points of view, The Known World paints an enormous canvas thick with personalities and situations that show how slavery destroys but can also be transcended.
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Note: Author Edward P. Jones will be coming to Manila in November to attend the 2nd Manila International Literary Festival. 2-pulitzer-prize-winners-to-join-2nd-manila-literary-festval-t492.html-a