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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.
©2009 Marlon James; (P)2009 Penguin
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By Lyn on 05-19-09

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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By Denise on 09-21-10

twenty stars

Ten stars for the author and ten for the reader. Robin Miles is wonderful. Male voices, female voices, accents, flavors, tones. When there are six people in the room I hear six different people, and remind myself with amazement that it's all Ms. Miles. Wonderful book!

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