The Book of Night Women

  • by Marlon James
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link. Lilith's story overflows with high drama and heartbreak, and life on the plantation is rife with dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion - between slave and master, between slave and overseer, and among the slaves themselves. Lilith finds herself at the heart of it all. And all of it told in one of the boldest literary voices to grace the page recently - and the secret of that voice is one of the book's most intriguing mysteries.


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read now to understand the past

I have never come across a work of fiction that so powerfully portrayed the moral complexities of European slavery as James's novel. In this book, slave owners and slaves alike are complex characters: the family whose slaves are the "best dressed in all Jamaica" also cruelly kills its slaves on the slightest whim; house slaves and field slaves distrust and despise each other; and an Irish overseer is the only person who treats the book's main character, the mulatta Lilith, as a human being. What conclusions can we draw from this book? Slavery was an institution that corrupted the lives of all that it touched, White or Black, free or slave. And for those who doubt that its ramifications continue into the present day, read this book!
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- Emily

10 stars if available

This book is perfect for audible. It is read (and I presume written) in a Jamacian/Creole patois which would be hard to read but a joy to listen! The narrator is gifted as she uses the patois, British, Irish and even Cockney accents to draw the many faceted characters. The story itself opens a view of an history and mind set none of us could begin to realize. Don't miss this listening opportunity.
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- Lyn "Tell us about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio