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The Book of Night Women
The Book of Night Women | Marlon James
From the WINNER of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings "An undeniable success. The New York Times Book Review A true triumph of voice and storytelling, The Book of Night Women rings with both profound authenticity and a distinctly contemporary energy. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth 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 they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings, desires, and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman, 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 Marlon James himself, a young writer at once breathtakingly daring and wholly in command of his craft. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Booknerd_76
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I read this book about a month ago. And it's just as fresh in my mind today as it was when I finished it.
The story of Lilith and her struggles as a slave on a sugar plantation. Pulls you in and doesn't let go. Life, love, loyalty, betrayal, with a little bit of spiritual assistance are all a apart of this journey.
We watch Lilith grow from a headstrung child to a dangerously headstrung adult and her choices could doom the whole plantation.

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Tamra
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US Kindle Deal today - on my TBR! Stocking up for camping. 😄

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bernadette
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Written in the Jamaican dialect of a black slave in the late 1800s, this is a beautifully written book. I thought the language might be hard to navigate but the prose flows. I could not stop reading even when I wanted to look away. The violence in the book is visceral and emotional. The world and the characters are very richly drawn and I felt invested in the key relationships in the book even though these relationships were complicated.

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bernadette
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I've had this on my shelf for awhile now and am finally starting it. Bracing myself for the very ugly events that are sure to happen. The main character is a young slave woman with dark skin and green eyes and the novel starts off with a rather bloody and unsettling birth scene. Somehow, I still got drawn into the story even though this seems a bit darker and probably gorier than what I'm used to reading.

bernadette Just finished the first chapter and this is going to be an intense and unsettling read. The first chapter didn't end any more peacefully than it began... 2mo
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j9brown
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1. My apartment building. A bit snowy this morning 🌨
2. I love it here. Far enough from the city to not be tourist-y or trendy, but I've got tons of public transportation options and can walk to lots of shopping.
3. Done. Not a fun read, but a truly amazing piece of work.
4. On my commute, both ways
5. Whatever they order at work, it's gonna be a long day 🤪 Likely Chinese food.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

KatieDid927 I forgot to take a pic of my ‘hood today 6mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 Take an office neighborhood pic! We probably spend almost as much time at work as we do at home anyway 😝 6mo
KatieDid927 @j9brown Ha, true! Or I was thinking maybe a pic of the new renovated station when I get home. We shall seeeee. 6mo
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Jerdencon This has to be Brooklyn or Queens??? 😀 6mo
j9brown @Jerdencon Haha, yes! It is Queens! 😁 6mo
Jerdencon @j9brown I‘m in Queens too (Bayside)- it looked just like my pc from my building this morning! 6mo
j9brown @Jerdencon Same bricks, same snow! I'm in Forest Hills. Nice to meet a fellow Queens-ian! Queens-ite? Queens-er? 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Jerdencon 😀😀 I like Queens-ite 6mo
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Lindy
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I had initially queued up Underground Airlines as my next #audiobook, but I decided that my psyche needs a break from the violence and injustice of slavery. I‘m switching to the natural history of falcons now: see comments below for the title.

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Lindy
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While #audiobook is a great way to go with novels written in dialect, and narrator Robin Miles delivers a stunning performance, beware the extensive atrocities, crude epithets and sadistic violence in this visceral historical novel set on an 18th-century sugar plantation in Jamaica. Ultimately rewarding, but a difficult reading experience. Part of Recorded Books Griot Audio collection, where I plan to seek out more #AfricanDiaspora voices.

Lindy Thanks, @Reggie , for posting about this novel recently. 😘 6mo
Reggie Yay, I‘m so glad you liked it. Do you think that maybe the woman in the black who was the ghost in the corner, do you think she might have been Lilith‘s mother? Or was she just Iphigenia? I only think of that because at the end I think the daughter was seeing Homer. 6mo
Lindy @Reggie I thought the lady in black was a death deity of some sort. It might be Lilith‘s mother, but not a living person like Iphigenia. Homer seems to be haunting the woods at the end, since she has the scent of mint and lemongrass. 6mo
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Lindy
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“Maybe it better for bakra and n—— that things go back to what people thinks is the best way, until the fire next time.”

I wonder if Marlon James is making a literary allusion to James Baldwin‘s book or to the spiritual Mary Don‘t You Weep… or perhaps both.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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I‘ve owned this volume for a long time and just never took the time to sit down and read it. So here I am at damn near midnight starting a new book. #marlonjames #blackhistorymonth #booklover

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Lindy
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Thanks to @Reggie and his review of this novel, I have found the perfect follow-up to An Unkindness of Ghosts. They are set at least 700 years apart, one in Jamaica, one far out in space, but, five chapters in, I find the two books are otherwise similar. And Robin Miles is always a great #audiobook narrator.

BookishTrish I saw Marlon speak on Sunday and he was so engaging! Good to know his early works are available on audiobook 6mo
Reggie This is the only book that I really wish I was one for audiobook because of the dialect. I‘m so glad you like it so far!!! @BookishTrish I‘m so jealous!!! 6mo
Lindy @Reggie I am so addicted to audiobooks! I have to remind myself to take off my headphones sometimes and listen to birds instead. 6mo
TheKidUpstairs Marlon James' writing is so intricate. I've found with both Seven Killings and Black Leopard that you really need to be in the right head space. He demands that you engage with his words, it's not relaxing reading but it is rewarding when you take the time. 6mo
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Reggie
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This book was EPIC. Only a little over 400pgs and yet felt like it was an 800 pg story. We meet Lilith as a young girl whose mother died giving birth to her. She‘s a slave on a sugar cane plantation in the late 1790‘s Jamaica. As she grows up the world and those around her try to dictate to her what her place is but we find out Lilith has a power and vulnerability that make her, her own person. James is a great writer, there were some twists, 👇🏼

Reggie there were a couple of pages that made me think he could be a great romance writer if he wanted to be. This is a very easily new to my at least top 20 books read in my life. Just a warning, he does not gloss over the horrors of slavery. And I wish more of us in the world were made to read these unflinching accounts of atrocities. Great book!!! 6mo
Billypar Great review! I've been wanting to read this ever since reading and loving A Brief History of Seven Killings. 6mo
Reggie @Billypar Thanks! This is my first book of his and I definitely want to read more. This book was mostly about women and never once did I think, oh yeah, a man wrote that. It was so good. Also he does a great job of setting up something to be black and white but then shakes it until it‘s all grey. AND then, I couldn‘t help but feel like this was a Star Wars level epic story of slavery on a Jamaican sugar cane plantation. It was just that good. 6mo
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Cinfhen Such a fabulous review!!! Can‘t wait to read this and his NEWEST BOOK 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fantastic review! You just made me stack it! 👍👏 6mo
batsy Great review, Reggie. Like I mentioned to @Cinfhen I find his books intimidating but I've put him off long enough. Might start with his newest and work my way back towards Seven Killings and this. 6mo
Reggie @batsy as much as I want to read more of him I‘m gonna make myself take a break. This book made me feel like I did a couple good days of honest, hardworking reading. I hope you like his work. 6mo
Cinfhen His books are intimidating @batsy but you feel such accomplishment when you finish but like @Reggie just stated... you feel so emotionally and physically wrung out 6mo
batsy @Reggie @Cinfhen 👍🏽👍🏽 Reviews of his newest have also been super interesting. 6mo
taraWritesSci You've made up my mind on which Marlon James book to start with. A helpful review! 6mo
youneverarrived I can‘t wait to read this one. Been on my tbr for ages and got it for Christmas. Great review as always 👌 6mo
Reggie @Cinfhen Thanks, yeah, I bought his new book last week without realizing it‘s the same author. I am going to read it but just not now. But I think I‘d love it because they say it has a lot to do with African mythology and there was some in here. They have clans that the slaves came from in Africa and I looked some of them up. One was the Igbo and they were on a slave ship headed for U.S. they managed to overtake the ship and were so against the 6mo
Reggie idea of slavery they put their faith in their deity of the river to spirit then back to Africa they drowned themselves. It happened right near Georgia. (edited) 6mo
Reggie @erzascarletbookgasm @taraWritesSci @youneverarrived Thanks!! Just know it‘s brutal going in and all throughout. I hope ya‘ll like it. 6mo
Cinfhen I saw some review that called his new book The African Game of Thrones. Pretty catchy blurb 6mo
Centique Wow, this sounds awesome. I stacked it while reading the first part of your review and then you said Star Wars level epic on a plantation, and i wanted to stack it a few more times, I am SO IN. 😍🙌 6mo
Reggie @Centique Thanks!!! This was a weird experience where I felt emotionally distanced from the characters but could not tear myself away from this book. I had to know what was gonna happen. I can‘t explain it. Soooo good. 6mo
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This book is intense. Homer a woman who is the head of the household slave. Tantalus was a slave who got his toes cut off for trying to run away. Robert Quinn is the overseer who got sick when he saw maggots growing on his feet, and it haunts him. It is 1790‘s Jamaica. There‘s a plantation, slaves that all have Greek names, and a lot of mysticism going on. Soooo good but gritty and told in native dialect which can be challenging at times.

Cinfhen Marlon James is pretty awesome🙌🏻have you read 6mo
Reggie I have not. But I‘m already thinking I need to read more of him. @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen A Brief History was SO BLOODY FREAKING good! But it was not brief!!!!! I think it had a 7 page character list but I loved it!!!! Definitely read a hard copy. You‘ll need to reference that list pretty often 😜 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks I definitely have to read him, sometime soon!! 6mo
Lindy @Reggie @Cinfhen I really loved A Brief History of 7 Killings in audio, and this sounds like what I need to fill the gap left by finishing an immersive audiobook about a plantation-type world on a spaceship: 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag @Lindy I‘ve already stacked it but I don‘t remember on who‘s recommendation. Will definitely look for a copy now💕 6mo
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j9brown
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Devastating, heartbreaking, so tragic and so violent. A frightening illustration of how evil mankind can be, but also a portrait of the strength and resilience of women. A tough read in many ways but worth the effort.

I suppose this counts as a #BlackHistoryMonth read but mostly I'm just obsessed with Marlon James right now 😝

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Annl

I can‘t look away from the book (half-way through) even though I want to. It is a very heavy read, but I love how strong the women are. I want to finish it but I don‘t want it to end. It is a very polarizing book in a very good way.

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KS1805
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Pickpick

This was a heavy read. No white washing of slavery, no white saviors. #audiobook

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ValChanelle
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Yo...Did I inadvertently purchase an autographed copy of #TheBookOfNightWomen?! I can‘t read this signature at all lol, but I‘m gonna tell myself it belongs to the author. I read this book soon after it debuted, but I‘m revisiting it again this month for #AfrikanahBookClub. Definitely a page-turner. #MarlonJames #blackwomenread #wellreadblackgirl #nowreading

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Krysta
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Perhaps the most wonderful and awful book I've ever read. Incredible, but it hurt my heart. Important.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! This award-winner tells the story of Lilith. She's born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation. She's recognized as having a dark power the slave women revere and fear. They've been planning a revolt, & Lilith will play a key role. But she may be the weakest link. A setting rife with dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, violence, and vastly conflicting emotions. High praise from reviewers. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SoniaC Looks really good. 2y
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rareads
A Book of Night Women | Marlon James
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I'm almost done with Marlon James's A Book Of Night Women. It's so brutal yet it's so interesting that I have hardly been able to stop thinking about it.

And I was listening to this wonderful 10th anniversary special cast audio book of The American Gods. It was almost like watching a drama unfold in my head. :')
Here I'm signing off for the night after clocking in 9 hours of reading on #day1 of the #24in48 #readathon.
Night!✨
@24in48

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rareads
A Book of Night Women | Marlon James

I'm nearly clocking in on four hours. I'm so tired and sleepy yet I cannot stop reading. The book is soo brutal, so though provoking and interesting, I'm loving it so far.
@24in48
#24in48 #readathon #24in48readathon

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rareads
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A Book Of Night Women, is soooo good and the prose so different. I am loving it so far. Didn't realize when one whole hour flew past.
#24in48 #readathon #24in48readathon

@24in48

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rareads
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I'm so psyched to be reading for 24 hours this weekend. This is my #TBR for the #24in48 #readathon.
@24in48 @thereadingwomen

💙 💚 💛 💜

Mamashep The Book of Night Women is so amazing but so hard to read! 2y
rareads I'm sooo looking forward to it. :) 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I'm again stymied by not being a romance reader, but it's making me think outside the box. I'm using this for #bodiceripper since her bodice IS falling off and "a novel" is acting as a bit of a nipple cover/modesty shield. ? #booklove17

Louise I like your sense of humor! 😂 3y
Hooked_on_books @Louise Thank you! 3y
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Lia.Morrison
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The voice Marlon James has used is consuming and believable, hearing the story told from a dialect simular to Lilith makes me truly care for the character.

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Donna_sBookMinute
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Mehso-so

I'm glad that I finished this book. But I did not enjoy it due to its abundance of vulgarities. It was the essence of the tale that won out over my disdain for the many obscene references to the genitals of both sexes. I'm hoping the women weren't really that crude. Despite the distasteful language, I pressed to know more about these women and their lives. I actually caught myself smiling during the last few thoughts that were shared.

Khadeja I felt the same way when I read A Brief History Of Seven Killings. I hated (and yes it's a strong word but how I felt) the writing, and the language of the book. It ruined the book for me, and I don't think I enjoyed the story as much as I wanted to because of it. Which is very sad because it was really an interesting story. 3y
Donna_sBookMinute ▶️ Khadjea -- Based on the synopsis of "A Brief History of Seven Killings," I will not be reading it. But I am considering "John Crow's Devil." And I found another novel about slavery in Jamaica. I've tagged it below. (edited) 3y
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"Homer say, Pretty gal go river and see herself in water. Pretty gal drown when she go down to kiss herself." Homer is the "queen bee" of the Montpelier Plantation. This is her warning to Lilith whom God has graced with "the prettiest green eyes anybody ever done see." Overseer Jack Wilkins has the same green eyes.

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Someone's comment about the Jamaican dialect prompted me to go audio with this one. Then I thought I wouldn't be able to tolerate 15 hours of it. But I'm becoming immersed in the story and have learned what "Night Women" refers to. So I've developed some level of anticipation and am able to follow it now. And I'll probably be able to follow the Kindle edition as well. I think that's Homer on the cover.

beckygracelea One of my favourite books that I read last year. So rich. 3y
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Merchgal
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This is a story of a slave girl named Lilith and a few other women on a Jamaican sugar cane plantation who eventually plan something crazy. All of the women have very interesting yet sad stories that explain why they are who they are.

The Jamaican dialect is sometimes hard to follow at the beginning and there is a lot of detailed graphic violence. Despite this I really enjoyed the book.
#thebookofnightwomen #marlonjames

Donna_sBookMinute I once owned this book; but I don't think I read it. Your comment about the Jamaican dialect prompted me to listen to a sample of the audiobook. As expected, the audio is a great way to experience this title. I still wanted a print edition. Not wanting to be placed into the library's hold queue, I found a great deal for both on Amazon/Audible. (edited) 3y
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Fernoppy
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Pickpick

This took me a little longer to read but I never lost interest. A fascinating set of characters who will stay with me for some time.

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ChaChaReads
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Just about to launch into this with my AP Lit students. Thinking that the pacing, the language, and the setting will be quite jarring to my students after their immersion in Morrison's A Mercy. I'll be reading along with them, so we'll be exploring the text together. Although excited, I have to admit that I'm a little nervous.

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CharlotteK
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'You see this? Every time you open this you get free.' Wonderful true words! 😀👍

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CharlotteK
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Love the narrator's voice! Marlon James is in my experience THE master of point of view! 👍

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Fernoppy
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Oh but which one next?! @Joanne1 there's the result of that wormhole we've been talking about!

Joanne1 Ooh they all look good! 3y
TheDoubleLetterThief Fire shut up in my bones - most intriguing title! 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Every one of these books is your fault, Litsy! 😬 Plus many others which I have already read, are scattered about, or are on the way (30% off coupon from Powell's, woot woot!). I've always been an avid reader and book buyer, but my purchases have definitely scaled up and I've been introduced to books I otherwise would never have heard of. And Litsy is my only social media platform. What else does one need? 😊 #somethingforsept

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, that looks like our fault! 😉 3y
MandaChittles Love, love, love The Bone People! 3y
britt_brooke 💙 3y
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SquareBooks
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"This is not your common coming-of-age story, not is it "just another slave novel". Following the turbulent life of Lilith on an 18th century Jamaican plantation, this novel probes the ultimate question: how far will the dispossessed go to secure freedom? James slashes the boundary between good and evil, all impressions of morality, conjuring a raw, poetic, and unflinching tale. Prepare to be enthralled." - Purvis C. #recommendsday

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beckygracelea
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Amazing, heartwrenching and truly immersive. Got along with it more than A Brief History of Seven Killings; it bristles with that same furious intensity. Loved it.

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First time doing stats. It is fuuuuuun.

Brona Do you create these stats yourself? Or are they generated by an app? 3y
LyndseyReads @brona I knew my stats and I created this graphic with the Vanillapen app. 3y
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laurenm
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Real. Powerful. Intense. Important. Devastating. I bow down to Lilith and all the night women.

ramyasbookshelf Have you read his 'brief history of seven killings'?? 3y
laurenm @ramyasbookshelf I haven't read it, but I want to now. Do you recommend it? 3y
ramyasbookshelf @laurenm I haven't either but I have both books and can't decide which one to read first :) 3y
laurenm @ramyasbookshelf Tough call, but I don't think you can go wrong either way - not with this author. 3y
LyndseyReads Yeah, this one is sooo good. 3y
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LyndseyReads
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Excellent. Fans of Toni Morrison, this is the next book for you.

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laurenm
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Picked this up on the Staff Favorites table at Three Lives books in NYC. It's the story of Lilith, a Jamaican slave woman.

denise My favorite bookstore :) 3y
LyndseyReads I'll be reading this soon! It's my book club's next pick. 3y
laurenm @denise It is? Not surprised. I just stumbled upon it. I'll definitely be back. 3y
laurenm @LyndseyReads You may get to it before I do so I'll look forward to hearing what you think. 3y
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mjdowens
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This book is so engrossing. The language is easy enough to understand after a chapter or so. It is wonderful and gut wrenching history